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Not guilty plea in murder of pregnant Maui woman

By Oskar Garcia

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:36 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2014

WAILUKU >> The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge in her death.

Steven Capobianco is accused of killing Carly Scott and burning her vehicle to cover up the murder. A Maui grand jury indicted him last week on charges of second-degree murder and third-degree arson.

The 24-year-old appeared at his arraignment Tuesday wearing a neck brace, orange jumpsuit and sporting a full beard.

Scott's relatives and friends sat in the courtroom gallery's front row. Some wore T-shirts with "Justice for Charli & Joshua" on the back, for Scott's nickname and the name she planned to give her son.

They declined to comment after the brief hearing, where no details about what happened to Scott were revealed.

First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rivera also declined to comment after the hearing, saying his office is still in the process of filing motions in the case.

He asked in court that Capobianco not be allowed to contact Scott's family, directly or indirectly, "especially through social media, as well."

A jury trial date was set for Oct. 6, with a pretrial conference on Sept. 3.

Scott, 27, was five months pregnant with Capobianco's child when she disappeared.

Hawaii law doesn't consider a fetus a person for purposes of homicide charges, said University of Hawaii criminal law professor Kenneth Lawson.

Capobianco was served with an arrest warrant Monday at Maui Community Correctional Center, where he has been held since last month in an unrelated case, a spokeswoman for the state judiciary said.

Capobianco injured his neck when he was mistaken for another inmate and assaulted at the jail on Saturday, said Toni Schwartz, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety. He was treated for his injury and police are investigating the assault, she said.

Family members last saw Scott in February at her sister's home in Haiku. The Makawao woman's burned 1997 Toyota 4Runner was later found on the island's north shore.

According to a copy of the indictment obtained by The Associated Press, Capobianco caused Scott's death "in an especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manner, manifesting exceptional depravity" in mid-February.

Before the burnt-out SUV was found, police discovered Scott's dog in the nearby community of Nahiku.

Capobianco has told Hawaii News Now that he saw Scott on the night her family says she vanished, but he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

He said Scott picked him up and drove him to his pickup truck, which had broken down in Keanae. He said that after he fixed his truck, Scott was driving behind him, but he lost sight of her and figured she arrived safely at her destination.

The bench warrant set bail at $2 million for the murder and arson charges.


Associated Press Writer Jennifer Sinco Kelleher contributed to this report.

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gobows wrote:
No body = No crime.
on July 15,2014 | 10:01AM
Ewaduffer wrote:
on July 15,2014 | 10:11AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yeah, I hope they got more on him than what they say.
on July 15,2014 | 11:57AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
How did he get the stiff neck?
on July 15,2014 | 06:30PM
SueH wrote:
Read the article. What a concept!
on July 15,2014 | 09:20PM
gobows wrote:
they better put shackles on him, before he runs.
on July 15,2014 | 10:01AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Norm maybe u need to have him become your starting running back.
on July 15,2014 | 06:31PM
mutsrus wrote:
Several convictions have been achieved without a body.
on July 15,2014 | 10:09AM
kiragirl wrote:
I really hope there is closure on this for Scott's family and friends.
on July 15,2014 | 10:16AM
gobows wrote:
true closure will come when they find her
on July 15,2014 | 10:25AM
ippikiokami wrote:
The truth is, there is never closure for family and friends of a murdered victim. Even if her body is found and the murderer is convicted, there will never be true closure for the family. The whole in their hearts will always be there.
on July 15,2014 | 02:10PM
gobows wrote:
why is he wearing a neck brace?
on July 15,2014 | 10:26AM
eoe wrote:
Choo choo goes the train.
on July 15,2014 | 12:01PM
50skane wrote:
Imagine if we had some kind of machine like in those futuristic movies where they just hook you up and everything you did and saw showed up on a screen from your memory. You couldn't get away with anything and there would be no need for a jury trial anymore.
on July 15,2014 | 04:46PM
sparkyzane wrote:
Oh, and that silly Constituion thingy, totally irrelevant in your world.
on July 15,2014 | 05:12PM
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