Suspect in gruesome Pupukea murder puts in special request ahead of trial

One of the suspects in a horrifying 2017 murder on Oahu’s North Shore is asking for a bail reduction and a separate trial from her co-defendant.
Published: May. 15, 2019 at 8:53 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of the suspects in a horrifying 2017 murder on Oahu’s North Shore is asking for a bail reduction and a separate trial from her co-defendant.

Stephen Brown and his girlfriend, Hailey Dandurand, have been behind bars since 2017.

They are accused in the gruesome beating death of 51-year-old Telma Boinville at a home in Pupukea. They also allegedly tied up her 8-year-old daughter.

Boinville’s husband, Kevin Emery, said the years since her death have been tough.

“It’s been emotional. It’s not easy celebrating your wife’s birthday with her not being there, or the holidays, Christmas,” he said.

Court documents outline graphic details about her murder.

It says a hammer, meat tenderizer, baseball bat, kitchen knife, folding knife and machete were found near Boinville’s body and that it was “nearly impossible … to count the number of distinct injuries inflicted upon her head, neck, torso, upper and lower extremities.”

It also says the Honolulu Medical Examiner determined that none of the injuries were inflicted after her death.

But ahead of the trial, Dandurand’s attorney is asking for her bail to be reduced from $500,000 to $100,000 and is also asking for a separate trial from Brown.

A motion filed by her attorney states, “Defendant may pursue one of more of the following defenses: choice of evils, PTSD, and battered spouse defense.”

It asks the judge to reduce her bail and let her live with her mother in Kaneohe.

But the prosecutor’s opposition to the release says the address they provided doesn't exist.

Emery is begging the judge to not let his wife’s suspected killer free.

“They brutally murdered my wife with a baseball bat and she was simply trying to work an extra job to help us go on a snowboarding trip," Emery said. “She wasn’t a house cleaner. My wife was a Department of Education school teacher and she had a passion for helping and working with kids.”

He added: “My daughter constantly wakes up with nightmares. She’s scared. They tied her up, they duct taped he and I think they’re very dangerous people. They should never see freedom."

Court documents submitted by the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office reveal Dandurand has been a runaway in the past.

“The fact that she was found with M. E.'s (victim’s daughter) backpack on her back and Telma’s earrings on her ears, speaks to the callousness and indifference she felt towards this mother and child. Thus, this consideration weighs in favor of leaving Defendant Dandurand’s bail undisturbed and declining her request for supervised release,” the documents state.

If convicted, Brown and Dandurand face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The trial is set for July, and a status conference hearing is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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