Stabbing suspect appears in court
A 45-year-old Puna woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend during a domestic disturbance early Saturday morning made her initial court appearance on Monday.
Third District Judge Barbara Takase ordered Heidi Leialoha Lewis to return for a preliminary hearing on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Lewis is charged with first-degree assault and domestic abuse for allegedly stabbing her 31-year-old boyfriend, Lunalilo “Baba” Yeager in their Hibiscus Drive home in the Ainaloa subdivision. Her bail was set at $6,000.
Deputy Public Defender Zack Wingert requested the court grant Lewis supervised release.
“Ms. Lewis has no criminal convictions … whatsoever,” Wingert said.
Deputy Prosecutor Roland Talon asked that bail be maintained.
“Defendant does pose a flight risk as she’s originally from Honolulu and has been here on Hawaii Island for only the past three months,” Talon said. “And based on the injuries sustained, Your Honor, the victim has been air medevaced to Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu.”
Takase maintained Lewis’ bail “based on the severity of the offense.”
Police say that Puna patrol officers responding to a 5 a.m. report of a man screaming for help found Yeager lying on the side of Ainaloa Boulevard with knife wounds to his wrist and abdomen. According to a written Fire Department statement, Yeager was “awake and verbally responsive” when found by responders.
According to court documents filed by police, a witness, Kalani Aina, who was also in the home, told officers that the couple got into a heated argument and that Aina saw Lewis hit Yeager with a broomstick.
Aina said that Lewis then grabbed a knife in her right hand, pulled it up and went after Yeager.
He said he didn’t see the stabbing, but responding officers found Yeager had a puncture wound to his left side.
When officers arrived at Yeager’s location on Ainaloa Boulevard, “the suspect spontaneously stated that she stabbed the victim after being struck by the victim numerous times” in the house, police wrote. Documents state that Lewis had “multiple redness on body and lump on forehead” but refused medical treatment.
Yeager was taken first to Hilo Medical Center and later transferred to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu in critical condition. His condition was upgraded to serious on Sunday, according to police.