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Kihei man arrested for alleged knife threat

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A Kihei man was arrested for allegedly threatening his wife with a knife in their apartment Wednesday.

Lane Nelson, 67, was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening.

During the defendant’s initial appearance Friday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas asked for bail to be increased from $6,000 to $100,000 for Nelson.

Temas said Nelson’s wife told police that Nelson had been convicted of murder and spent 30 years in prison.

Based on Louisiana court records, Temas said the state believes Nelson was convicted of first-degree murder in the course of aggravated robbery in Louisiana in a 1981 stabbing of a man who had picked up Nelson while he was hitchhiking. Nelson reportedly used an 8-inch knife to stab the victim multiple times, according to the records.

Temas said that in his recent arrest, Nelson allegedly wielded an 8-inch knife while telling his wife, “I’m going to kill you.”

“He’s got a history that would indicate he’s a danger to the community,” Temas said in asking for the increased bail.

Deputy Public Defender Emily Collins asked for reduced bail or release on supervision for Nelson. She noted that the court found there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support an abuse charge that police had brought against Nelson.

Police reported his wife wasn’t injured, Collins said.

Judge Chris Dunn set bail at $6,000 for Nelson. He was ordered to have no contact with his wife and to stay away from the apartment at Keonekai Villages.

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