WAILUKU, Hawaii -- The man accused of killing Santa Cruz Assistant City Attorney Celestial Dove Cassman in Hawaii is due back in court Dec. 4 so a judge can review his psychiatric evaluation.

Gerald Galaway Jr., 39, pleaded no contest in June to manslaughter and kidnapping for Cassman's September 2011 death. He later entered a motion to withdraw his plea, claiming he was in a "trance" at the time.

The Maui News newspaper reported that Galaway also told a judge that he had felt pressured to take a plea deal because he was having difficulty affording his private attorney, William Sloper.

Sloper withdrew from the case in October and Galaway is now being represented by a public defender.

Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza has temporarily suspended court proceedings against Galaway, whom he ordered to be evaluated by three court-appointed psychiatrists or psychologists. Galaway remains in custody pending evaluation. The reports are due to the court by Dec. 4.

Galaway originally was charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping and first-degree attempted sexual assault in Cassman's death.

Cassman, a 35-year-old Santa Cruz resident, was killed on Sept. 1, 2011, the day after she and Galaway had arrived in Maui. The two had dated off and on for a few years, friends said previously. Maui police have said the two got into a fight on the side of a highway in northwest Maui. Galaway pulled over their rental car partly on the road's shoulder, and Cassman screamed for help from a passerby who stopped. The woman told police she saw Galaway put Cassman into a headlock and slam her down on the road, according to the police report. Galaway then allegedly dragged Cassman into a volcanic area near cliffs that plunged into the ocean. The passer-by borrowed a cellphone and called for help.

Police found Cassman's body lying under a tree. The cause of death was ruled to be asphyxiation. Officers chased Galaway when they arrived, but he jumped from a 100-foot cliff into the ocean. He later was found clinging to a rock and was rescued by a helicopter and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered from the jump.

Cassman also was an assistant city attorney for the cities of Capitola and Half Moon Bay.

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