HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A motion to dismiss all charges against a man accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend on Maui was denied Thursday.
The circuit court hearing confirmed many of the details surrounding Charli Scott's disappearance and death that were first reported by Hawaii News Now.
Steven Capobianco is charged with second degree murder and arson in the death of his ex-girlfriend, 27-year-old Charli Scott, who went missing a year ago. The mother-to-be was five-months pregnant with Capobianco's son, when she ventured out to give him a ride home after his car allegedly broke down along the Hana Highway.
According to court documents filed by the Prosecuting Attorney, Charli was tortured and "her unborn child was stabbed repeatedly".
Police evidence specialists say they discovered the skirt Charli was wearing the night she disappeared with at least 20 holes in it -- damage they say was consistent with being made by a blade, not wear and tear. It was recovered in the same area where her jawbone was later found.
Records indicate Charli's bra was also discovered with at least a dozen similar stab holes, but according to prosecutors the "vast majority of the puncture wounds were directed to her lower abdomen or unborn child".
Prosecutors say the heinous circumstances are more than enough to prove that Charli experienced extreme suffering and torture as "her unborn child was stabbed repeatedly".
According to the written testimony by Prosecutor Robert Rivera, "…if Defendant wanted to cause the death of Charlie Scott it was completely unnecessary to initiate a vicious attack on her womb. The fact that he did so clearly demonstrates Defendant's "cruel manner" and "exceptional depravity" which can only be viewed as unnecessarily tortuous to his victim."
Capobianco is being held without bail.
A court date for trial has not yet been set.