WAILUKU - A man arrested for attacking another man with a machete and a pellet gun is being held without bail, after a judge found Wednesday that the defendant posed a danger.
Edward R. Martin, 55, of Waiehu is charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree terroristic threatening in the attack that occurred at 5:42 a.m. Sunday at his estranged wife's residence on Molokai Akau Street in Kahului.
Police responding to the home reported finding the victim covered in blood and Martin gone.
His bail had been set at $320,000, following his arrest Monday evening when he turned himself in at the Wailuku Police Station.
During Martin's initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor John Tam asked for no-bail status for Martin, under a provision allowing it if there is a serious risk that someone poses a danger to another person or to the community.
In the incident Sunday, Martin was lying in wait for the 58-year-old victim, Tam said. When the victim left the residence, Martin attacked the other man repeatedly with the machete, causing severe injury, Tam said. The victim was slashed in the head, forearm and hand, which will require surgery to repair.
Martin also repeatedly threatened to kill the victim, Tam said.
As Tam recounted the incident, Martin interrupted, saying, "It's not true. I never said anything out of my mouth like that."
Tam said Martin shot the victim with a rifle, Tam said. "Fortunately, it was a pellet gun," Tam said.
A pellet was lodged in the victim's arm, he said.
Based on the circumstances alleged, Tam said it appeared Martin would harm the victim and Martin's estranged wife.
Martin again interrupted, saying, "I would never hurt my wife. I'm sorry, but I would never hurt my wife."
Deputy Public Defender John Parker asked that bail remain the same.
"The state is kind of going for the wow factor," Parker said. "It's not necessary. It's excessive. It's unreasonable."
He said withholding bail "is usually reserved for the most serious of all crimes."
"In this case, the allegations show a serious crime, but it was a pellet gun, it wasn't an automatic rifle," Parker said. "Yes, there was a machete involved. There was injury involved. But this is not the kind of case that rises to no bail."
Judge Kelsey Kawano granted the prosecution's request for no bail for Martin, who is being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center.
A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Friday afternoon.
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