WAILUKU >> A jury in the murder trial of Steven Capobianco today found the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend was “heinous.”
Capobianco was found guilty last week of second-degree murder and second degree arson in the 2014 death of Carly “Charli” Scott.
The jury started deliberations this morning on whether the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the murder was “especially heinous, atrocious and cruel.”
The finding means Capobianco qualifies for a sentence of life in prison without parole. The judge set March 24 as the date for Capobianco to be sentenced.
The second phase of deliberations was for an allegation that Capobianco killed Scott in an “especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manner.” Capobianco faces life in prison for second-degree murder.
“Killing Charli Scott was not enough for this man,” Deputy Maui Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rivera told jurors today, calling him a man without a conscience. Rivera held up Scott’s black skirt showing multiple stab wounds in the abdomen area, saying that the stabs show that Capobianco made her suffer.
Capobianco not only murdered Scott, but he made her suffer “unnecessary torture,” Rivera said.
All murders are arguably heinous, atrocious and cruel, said defense attorney Jon Apo, who suggested that Scott’s death was quick with less suffering. Unnecessary torture, Apo said, would have been one stab wound to make her suffer a long death.
The prosecution has a sympathetic jury, Apo said, noting one of the jurors is pregnant. The judge sustained Rivera’s objection to mentioning the pregnant juror.
The jury sat through about six months of testimony before beginning deliberations in the verdict phase on Dec. 1.
Capobianco didn’t testify during the first phase. He told the judge last week he also wouldn’t testify during the second phase, The Maui News reported.