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Kauai indictment in former Alaska woman's murder

Steven Michael Wilson Steven Michael Wilson
Kendra Lewis Kendra Lewis

HONOLULU (AP) - Prosecutors will be able to pursue Hawaii's harshest penalty against a former Alaska man charged with murdering a woman.

A Kauai grand jury on Thursday returned an indictment against 26-year-old Steven Wilson for second-degree murder in last month's stabbing death of 21-year-old Kendra Lewis.

Police say Wilson and Lewis relocated to Kauai from Alaska at the beginning of the year and were living together at the time of her death. He is being held on $1 million bond.

The Kauai prosecuting attorney's office says grand jurors also found the murder was "especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel, manifesting exceptional depravity." That will allow the state to seek an enhanced sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Lewis was found dead in her room at a condominium.

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