AUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -The man accused of killing a California woman on Maui entered a plea of not guilty in court Tuesday morning.
Gerald Galaway is accused of killing Santa Cruz attorney Celestial Cassman on September 1 near Nakalele point in West Maui.
In court, Galaway pleaded not-guilty to charges including second-degree murder, attempted first-degree sexual assault, and kidnapping.
Circuit Court Judge Joseph E. Cardoza ordered a pre-trial conference for November 2, and a jury trial begins December 5.
The 38-year-old Galaway was taken yesterday from the hospital to prison.
Police say Galaway had been hospitalized after jumping off a 100-foot cliff near the point as officers approached.
Galaway and Cassman were on vacation and had just checked into their Kaanapali hotel the day before the murder. Autopsy results show she was choked to death.
Galaway is being held without bail.
The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (HSCADV) has launched a new blog, Purple Ribbons Hawaii, to raise awareness of the toll our communities pay due to the epidemic of domestic violence, as well as to provide a space for community response to DV homicides. The blog can be found here.
The following can be found on our “about” page as well:
If you’re unfamiliar with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, here’s a little history from the National Coalition to End Domestic Violence :
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered womens advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.
These activities were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year the first national toll-free hotline was begun. In 1989 the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort.
Each year the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence coordinates the DVAM planning committee. This committee comes together to plan two main Oahu events: The Proclamation and Launch of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the annual Candlelight Vigil to honor those who have lost their lives in the past year due to domestic violence. We also help with other community events where we can, which includes adding them to the statewide calendar of DVAM events.
If you are going to be holding an event in October and would like it included in the widely publicized DVAM calendar, comment below with the following information:
Date, Event, Island/Location, and a point of contact for people interested in attending
Check back for more information and resources soon! Mahalo!