Man found mentally fit for trial for fleeing Hawaii hospital

  • Randall Saito appears in court for a hearing Thursday in Honolulu on his mental competence to stand trial. (Craig T. Kojima/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP, Pool)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2017 file photo Randall Saito, who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to California in November 2017, is arraigned from Oahu Community Correctional Center in Honolulu. A court hearing is scheduled Thursday, April 26, 2018, on whether Saito is mentally fit to proceed with trial for escaping from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flying to California. Saito was confined to the hospital after he was acquitted by reason of insanity of a woman's 1979 killing. A judge ordered that he go before a panel of examiners to determine whether he can be criminally responsible for the escape. (Craig T. Kojima/The Star-Advertiser via AP, Pool,File)
  • Escaped hospital patient Randall Saito points to a guard as he sits in an inmate visitor’s booth at San Joaquin County Jail on Nov. 17, 2017 before a scheduled court hearing in French Camp, Calif. (AP Photo/Terry Chea, File)

HONOLULU — A man who fled from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital— where he was committed after being found not guilty by reason of insanity of a woman’s 1979 killing — is mentally fit to stand trial for an escape charge, a panel of three examiners determined.