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Soldier charged with murder of wife released to police custody

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:21 p.m. HST, Nov 26, 2013

A Camp Smith soldier charged with killing his wife was released from the hospital this morning and placed in a police holding cell.

The bail for Leonardo Chavez, 40, from the Dominican Republic, is $1 million.

Chavez had been in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to his right cheek that occurred in an apparent suicide attempt, police said.

On Nov. 19, an Oahu grand jury indicted Chavez on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his wife Tara Isnin and using a firearm to do it.

Isnin, 33, from Singapore, died from brain injuries caused by multiple gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Honolulu medical examiner.

City ambulance workers responded to a call at the couple's condominium in Waikiki on Oct. 28, and found Chavez bleeding and Isnin on the couch.

Chavez, an 18-year Army veteran, was stationed at Camp Smith and assigned to the Pacific Command's Special Operations Command.

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