- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

KAILUA KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A court hearing ended early after a certified translator could not be found for a 37-year-old man accused of shooting two people.

West Hawaii Today reports (https://bit.ly/1COFsRz ) that 37-year-old Macdon Thromman of Kapaau appeared in Kona District Court on Friday to face a slate of 22 charges related to a Tuesday standoff with police in North Kohala.

Deputy Public Defender Ann Datta requested a Marshalese interpreter for Thromman. The initially appointed translator was not certified and used a phone connection that made it difficult for him to hear the judge and attorneys.

Judge Margaret Masanaga agreed with Datta that a new translator was necessary and set a preliminary hearing for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the court in North Kohala.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, https://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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