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Man suspected of shooting wife to death in Waikiki to be arraigned

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:34 a.m. HST, Nov 27, 2013

A 40-year-old Army master sergeant accused of killing his wife in October in their Waikiki high-rise apartment will be arraigned in Circuit Court on Monday.

Master Sgt. Leonardo Chavez was charged with murdering his wife, Tara Isnin, 33, Oct. 28 Tuesday after being released from Tripler Army Medical Center where has been hospitalized since he tried to kill himself. The bail for 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 after he allegedly killed his wife, police said.

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

On Nov. 19, an Oahu grand jury indicted Chavez on a charge of second-degree murder.

Chavez, who enlisted in the Army in December 1995, is stationed at Camp Smith and assigned to the Pacific Command's Special Operations Command. However, Chavez is listed as a supply specialist. Chavez served in Iraq from November 2009 to February 2010.

The couple had been married for only two months and friends said the victim was contemplating a divorce.

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