Attempts to continue trial, retain new counsel in attempted murder case denied

Defendants Lama Lauvao, Natisha Tautalatasi and Wesley Samoa appear with attorneys William Reece and Ann Datta at their preliminary hearing in September in District Court on charges of attempted murder. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)

KEALAKEKUA — Attempts to continue trial and retain new counsel were denied on the eve of trial for one of the suspects accused in the assault of a hotel security guard.