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Judge Increases Bail for Woman Accused of Killing Mother

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By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Calling her a potential danger to the community, prosecutors asked a judge to increase bail for a Halawa Heights woman accused in the stabbing death of her mother. This came after they presented the case to an Oahu grand jury Wednesday morning.

It's a case even veteran prosecutors call shocking. A young woman is taken into custody, accused of killing her own mother.

"We don't have any sort of good understanding as to why it may have come about," Rom Trader, deputy prosecutor, said. "You know, I mean, we have a person that's, whose life was taken for apparently no good reason."

Now, an Oahu grand jury decides 25-year-old Carol Weidman must stand trial for murder.

She's accused of stabbing and strangling her 55-year-old mother in their home on Paihi Street last week. The victim's boyfriend made the grisly discovery.

"The boyfriend left the house that evening," Trader said. "Everything appeared to be fine."

After securing the indictment, prosecutors ask a judge to double Weidman's bail from $50,000 to $100,000. The request is granted.

"It's fairly apparent, based upon the initial investigation, that she has some present or ongoing mental health issues that, assuming that they haven't been addressed, would cause her to be a potential danger to herself or others," Trader said.

Police say they recovered three bloody knives. According to court documents, the suspect told investigators, "I had to kill her before she killed me. It was always on my mind."

"Those issues relating to her mental state, both her fitness for court and her responsibility or lack thereof for this particular crime, is going to be addressed down the line," Trader said.

Weidman is in custody at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, unable to post bail.