2 suspects charged in gruesome North Shore murder, kidnapping
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two people arrested hours after a gruesome murder at a North Shore vacation rental have been charged with second-degree murder.
In addition to the murder charge, 23-year-old Stephen Brown and 20-year-old Hailey Dandurand are charged with burglary and kidnapping.
Brown is also charged with a probation violation, and Dandurand is charged with unauthorized possession of confidential personal information for allegedly using a stolen credit card.
Bail for Brown is set at $1 million; Dandurand's bail is set at $500,000.
The two were arrested Thursday night in Mililani for the brutal murder of 51-year-old Telma Boinville at a home she was cleaning.
Sources said that Boinville suffered blunt force trauma to the head, and that her body was found in a pool of blood. The victim was at the home with her 8-year-old daughter, who was found tied up but was otherwise uninjured.
On Saturday, Dandurand's former roommate told Hawaii News Now that the suspects were "weird."
The roommate, who wanted to identify himself only as Ray, said Dandurand was one of 10 tenants renting out rooms in a Honolulu home. She moved in around August and that's when he met Brown, who went by "Axel Hendrix."
"He was always weird," Ray said. "The first encounter we had with him, he got a dog, which we're not supposed to have in the house, and actually spray painted the dog and let it loose in the house."
Ray said that's not the only strange thing Brown did.
"He would write his name inside of people's rooms," he said. "It would be small and subtle and we wouldn't realize it until we were starting to clean some of these places out."
Ray added, "It feels weird to say it, but you could see him doing something like that (murder)."
Ray also recounted a night in early October during a house party, when Brown said he could kill a man.
"He had a bowie knife he carried around," Ray said. "The first night when I did the whole beer party thing or whatever, he was flashing it around and making stupid comments so a few people chased him off. He clearly had some substance issues and he was a heavy drinker."
Ray said a few weeks later, Dandurand called the police on Brown for alleged domestic assault, but he fled before officers arrived. That prompted the landlord to serve an eviction notice.
Ray said the couple left in early November, but not before making off with his other roommates' belongings.
"Brown started cleaning people's rooms out, he robbed a lot of people so there's a police report on that," Ray said.
Boinville's murder has shocked the state — and spurred an outpouring of support for her family. Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil on Friday to remember the mother, wife and active community member.
"I thank God at this time for allowing her to be my partner because it's been the best years of my life," said Kevin Emery, the victim's husband.
Emery said his wife "was the most beautiful spirit and most beautiful soul."
In an emotional interview Friday, Emery also said he's forgiven the person who did it.
"It's very hard for me to say this right now, but I forgive you, to the person who did this. I know this is an act of evil,"
And he called on the community to come together.
"Love your friends, love your neighbors, love your families. And kill everybody with aloha. Because life is about aloha," he said. "Spread the aloha spirit so everybody around the world can feel it. That's why they're here. That's why there's traffic all here. They all want a piece of Hawaii to feel the aloha."
And that's just the message people have taken to heart.
Earlier Friday, Boinville's family and friends gathered at Ke Iki Beach for a celebration of life, laying flowers to honor a woman who had an impact on so many. Those who knew her say Boinville, who was a substitute teacher at Sunset Beach Elementary School, was a loving and caring person.
"She did everything she could to be with people and she would ... celebrate life," said friend Virginia Hebert. "Telma, we love you."
Brown and Dandurand were arrested Thursday night in Mililani, where the victim's vehicle was also found.
Around 8 a.m. Friday, the two were both transferred to the Honolulu Police Department headquarters, where they laughed and smirked at news cameras as police hauled them into the cellblock.
The two were wearing police-issued attire, their clothes apparently taken for evidence.
Sources say the victim's credit card was found in one of the suspect's pockets, and that dried blood was found on their clothing and hands.
Police were called to the Pupukea home where the murder happened about 3 p.m., after visitors from Australia arrived and found the victim.
An all points bulletin went out for the suspects shortly afterwards.
"They tied up my daughter and they beat my wife to death with a baseball bat," said the victim's husband, standing outside the home where his wife was killed. "They won't even let me in the house because it's so bad."
On Saturday, Hawaii News Now spoke with Brown's stepfather, who confirmed Brown was born in Ohio and raised in Florida.
Brown's stepfather also said Brown moved to Hawaii two years ago with his biological father. The stepfather also said Brown is innocent until proven guilty and offered prayers for the victim's family.
Brown has a criminal record of disorderly conduct and pretty misdemeanor theft.
Meanwhile, more details also surfaced over about Dandurand's past.
According to the Bend Police Department in Oregon, Dandurand was a frequent runaway in her youth. She was known to have a "medical history," but officials could not provide further details.
Ray, the roommate, said he believes Dandurand was misled and got caught up with the wrong guy.
"She's not like that," he said. "She just definitely needed more attention and got with probably the worst guy you could've met. Anyone in any way, shape or form having been affiliated with that guy for anybody is just bad news."
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