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Suspect in slaying faces examinations

March 28, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Court proceedings have been suspended against a Kihei man charged with manslaughter in the death of a Longs Drug Store manager, while the suspect undergoes mental health examinations.

Three psychiatrists or psychologists have been appointed to assess Peter Schmidt's current mental fitness, as well as his mental state at the time of the offenses, which occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 23, 2012, at the Kihei store.

According to police, store Manager Jamie Hozaki and another employee followed Schmidt outside after he left the store without paying for a 30-pack of beer. Schmidt was in the driver's seat of a sedan and Hozaki had opened the driver's door when Schmidt suddenly reversed out of a parking stall, throwing Hozaki to the ground, according to witnesses.

After being admitted to Maui Memorial Medical Center with a severe brain injury, the 61-year-old Hozaki was pronounced dead Dec. 28.

Police arrested Schmidt, 29, the next day. An April 4 return date was set for the mental health reports.



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