A 44-year-old Honaunau man who allegedly shot his neighbor earlier this month has been indicted by a Big Island grand jury.
The indictment handed down July 15 charges Monte Moreau with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly shooting 52-year-old Todd Shaver on July 3, according to Third Circuit Court records. Shaver, who lives in another apartment in the same home, was hospitalized for his wounds at Kona Community Hospital.
Moreau remains in custody at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.
A preliminary hearing was held July 8 and 9 in District Court in Kona, but was not finished and was slated to resume on Aug. 1. The indictment remands the case to Third Circuit Court.
Police arrested Moreau July 3 following an incident at a Honaunau house, in the 83-5300 block of Highway 11, with several residents. According to police, Moreau shot Shaver in the abdomen.
On July 4, detectives searched the home and found a bullet casing, blood, a baseball cap, slippers and eyeglasses on the ground and on a ramp leading to the upstairs part of the house, police Detective Erich Jackson testified during the preliminary hearing. Inside, officers found a .40-caliber gun inside a gun case, on the top shelf of the closet where Moreau said he had placed the weapon and a box of hollow-point bullets that looked like they were the same kind as the casing officers found outside.
Police charged Moreau with attempted second-degree murder on July 5.