WAILUKU - A homeless man has been indicted on a felony charge of animal cruelty for allegedly bludgeoning a dog to death last month.
Kimo Kidder, 36, pleaded not guilty to first-degree animal cruelty when he was arraigned Friday in 2nd Circuit Court. A July 23 trial was set for Kidder, who was being jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Kidder was first arrested in the case April 29 after police responded to a homeless campsite on an empty lot at Lower Main Street and Waiehu Beach Road at 8:54 p.m. Officers found the dog dead.
The pit bull mix had been hit in the head with a hammer and was heard yelping, police said.
The prosecution had dismissed the charge pending further investigation before a Maui County grand jury indicted Kidder on the charge this month.
A conviction for first-degree animal cruelty carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.