The jury in the high-profile Maui murder trial for a man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend returned a unanimous guilty verdict today.
Steven Capobianco was on trial for the killing of “Charli” Scott and setting her vehicle on fire in February 2014. Scott was 27-years-old and five months pregnant at the time with an unborn child fathered by Capobianco.
The jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree arson.
The verdict was announced after court reconvened this afternoon at 1:10 p.m., when the judge warned courtroom observers not to react with outbursts once the verdict was read.
Jurors had been deliberating since Dec. 1 following the conclusion of closing arguments from the state and defense, as well as a rebuttal argument from the prosecution.
The court received communication on the ninth day of deliberations indicating that the jury was “divided.” In a subsequent communication, the jury decided to deliberate further to “feel more confident in their own personal vote decision.”
The trial began more than six months ago with the state introducing 71 witnesses and entering hundreds of items into evidence.