Murder charge dismissed after elderly suspect found mentally unfit

Maurice Arrisgado
Maurice Arrisgado

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An elderly visitor from Canada, accused of stabbing his wife to death in Waikiki two years ago, no longer faces a murder charge.

A Circuit Court judge on Friday dismissed the case against Ted Jandura, after several doctors determined he's mentally unfit and most likely will never improve.

Police found his wife's body in their room at the Ilikai Hotel February 25, 2007. An autopsy revealed Ingeborg Jandura, 82, suffered at least 100 stab wounds.

Defense attorney Richard Hoke says his 86-year-old client has multiple medical problems and is unable to assist in his defense.

"When you attempt to interact with him, you're interacting with someone who is severely delusional," Hoke said. "So his reality is skewed."

"He just won't let go of his delusional beliefs that he was being poisoned by the hospital and he's being electrocuted at night," Maurice Arrisgado, deputy prosecutor, said.

Jandura must remain at the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe until doctors determine he's no longer a danger to himself or others.