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Waikiki robbery case reclassified to manslaughter

By Rob Shikina

LAST UPDATED: 8:48 a.m. HST, Feb 28, 2014

Honolulu police have reclassified the case of a Waikiki woman fatally injured in a purse snatching in Waikiki from robbery to manslaughter.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office determined that Jullie Stephenson's death was a homicide, following an autopsy. The office said she died at 12:39 a.m. Wednesday of complications following injuries to the right lower extremity and a broken thighbone.

Stephenson, 52, broke her hip and suffered internal bleeding when an assailant shoved her down and took her purse in the driveway of her condo, the Tradewinds, on Ala Moana Boulevard near Hobron Lane at about 9:20 p.m. on Feb. 2.

Doctors at Straub Clinic & Hospital replaced her hip and put her in a coma to protect her organs from further damage, her family said.

Police are still looking for suspects.

Manslaughter is a class A felony, punishable by 20 years in prison.

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