HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of the suspects in a gruesome 2017 murder on Oahu’s North Shore was denied a bail reduction and a separate trial from her co-defendant Wednesday.
Hailey Dandurand and her boyfriend, Stephen Brown, have been behind bars for two years for the brutal beating death of 51-year-old Telma Boinville at a home in Pupukea.
They also allegedly tied up her 8-year-old daughter.
“There is a serious risk that the defendant may flee, she poses a danger to the victim’s minor daughter and the community as a whole,” said Circuit Judge Rowena Somerville.
Ahead of a trial set to begin in July, Dandurand’s attorney had filed for special requests for supervised release, separate trials and a reduction in her bail from $500,000 to $100,000.
Lawyer Barry Sooalo said his client was not deserving of the kind of high bail typically set for notorious killers.
“We’re not talking about reducing bail for John Gotti so he can hang out with Sammy ‘the Bull’ (Gravano), or reducing bail for Henry Huihui so that he can go out and hang out with Ronnie Ching. We’re talking about a 22-year-old young lady, ” said her attorney Barry Sooalo.
But on Wednesday, Somerville denied all Dandurand’s requests, generating applause from Boinville’s friends, who packed the courtroom.
Prosecutors argued that Dandurand’s bail should have been set at $1 million to match Brown’s.
“It’s the prosecution’s theory of the case that they participated equally,” said Deputy Prosecutor Kyle Dowd.
The judge said having separate trials would force Boinville’s daughter to testify twice against the suspects.
“The minor child would also have to relive the traumatic incidents of her mother’s death two times," Somerville said.
Stephanie Emery, Boinville’s sister-in-law, added:
“My niece is such a beautiful strong young lady but she still lives in fear because of the incident that took place that day,” she said.
“I am so grateful today went the way it did ... Justice hasn’t been fully served but we’re getting closer and closer.”