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Capobianco Indicted for
Murder Over Missing Charli Scott

Updated 10:47 AM HST, July 15, 2014
Posted 01:02 PM HST, July 14, 2014

By David Kvasnicka

Steven Capobianco, left, and Carly "Charli" Scott. Courtesy photos.

Steven Capobianco, left, and Carly “Charli” Scott. Courtesy photos.

The ex-boyfriend of missing pregnant woman Carly “Charli” Scott, 27, has been indicted for her murder.

Head Prosecuting Attorney John D Kim told Maui Now that he expects Steven Capobianco, 24, to be served with an arrest warrant for second-degree murder and third-degree arson Monday, July 14. Capobianco is currently at Maui Community Correctional Center on unrelated charges.

The arrest warrant follows a Maui grand jury indictment that occurred Friday, July 11.

Capobianco was allegedly the father of Charli Scott’s unborn child, with the woman five months pregnant when she went missing.

Capobianco’s story about the night of her disappearance — Feb. 9, 2014 — was that he and Charli went to retrieve his vehicle after he experienced trouble with it on a remote part of the Hana Highway (near mile marker 20). He said he lost sight of her as she followed his vehicle in her own on their way back to their respective homes.

Charli’s vehicle was found torched days later in the Pe’ahi (“Jaws”) area on Feb. 12.

While Maui police never officially identified Capobianco as a suspect, they did describe him as a “person of interest.”

To this day, Charli’s body has not been found. However, police were able to re-classify the missing person case as a homicide during the investigation.

Since the alleged murder, Capobianco has been arrested over numerous offenses, including theft, terroristic threatening, burglary, violating bail conditions, and possessing a deadly weapon.

The Maui Police Department was criticized by some in the community over the handling of this and other missing persons cases; however, Chief Gary Yabuta (who is about  to retire) defended the department and its actions. Regarding Capobianco’s arrest warrant for murder, Maui police said they did not intend to release any statement about the case at this time.

The prosecuting attorneys assigned to this case are first deputy Robert Rivera and Tracy Jones, says Kim.

Chief Judge Joseph E. Cardoza has confirmed Capobianco is to appear for an arraignment and plea at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Maui Circuit Court (Courtroom 3), according to a state courts official.

Bail has been set at $2 million, according to Maui police.

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  • Logan Wellbright

    As far as I know this article partially misstates the known facts of this case. My understanding is the suspect had come back to Haiku from where his vehicle is alleged to have been stalled and that the two of them (plus dog) drove out to that location together in one vehicle.

    • http://mauinow.com David Kvasnicka

      Thanks Logan. I clarified the language to better reflect Capobianco’s version of events.

    • Island Girl

      Logan yes they did drive out together. Charli took him out to his broken down car. He got it running and they left in separate cars. His version he left her behind him and went home. He also failed the polygraph test regarding the whole incident. They found her dog wandering the area alone 3 days later. Her car was torched. The whole situation is sad. Even her landlord stole her property the night she disappeared. Her body is still out there. I hope they find her and I hope if he is proven guilty he gets the chair. There is a Find Charli page on facebook where you can get all the facts and stories right from her parents if the news stories miss pieces. Aloha

      • TSL

        How do you know he realy went out the hana hwy?I believe the cell phone records will show the real story!

        • Island Girl

          He told the MPD he went out the Hana Hwy. Her car was found on the Hana hwy. So I think he went the Hana Hwy. But yes if they can trace the cell phone records than great. But his own testimony says he went out that way with her behind him and he sped home so he lost her way behind him. He even laughed about failing the test and being let go.

          • Karlee

            They pinged her cellphone and the last ones it showed were groms Peahi and in Keanae.

  • Michael Mckinley

    Fry him

    • margo

      saying that is lynch mob talk. wait until evidence is presented which proves to you beyond a reasonable doubt that he did it.

      • Maui_Mike

        It is far from “lynch mob talk”, while it is a bit harsh sounding, I get the sentiment and agree….there is not much need to debate if they have the right person, all the evidence albeit circumstantial points to him, and a grand jury weighed that and indicted him, that and his recent arrests say plenty about him, I see no redeeming quality in his character whatsoever, I commend you for your sense of compassion, but it is wasted on this double murderer.

      • Island Girl

        Margo he failed the polygraph test. That is evidence enough right there. He killed her and the baby! Her parents have suffered enough and I have no doubt a jury of his peers will find him guilty. What he did was horrendous and many people here knew and loved her. They need to feel complete. Have compassion for them not him. He held a gun in her family’s face. Go to her facebook page Find Charli Scott for all the facts from the beginning to today.

        • margo

          Hey guys. I am not saying he is innocent. I am glad he is finally being tried. BUT, I just caution people because you have to hear the evidence. Polygraphs are not admitted into evidence. The police did a good job and hopefully they have enough evidence to had Tracy Jones and the prosecutor’s office. I just think that we can’t go into to court as jurists with the mindset that the Defendant is guilty when we are an INNOCENT UNTIL proven guilty country. It biases how you view the evidence presented and people are put in prison when they are not guilty. Additionally, Almost every state fits into one of two categories; those that find them completely inadmissible and those that allow their admission with “the stipulations of both parties” (meaning both you and the prosecutor agree to admit the test results as evidence).

          • No Can

            Well said, logical and rational. We all think it’s him but when a jury of 12 people decide on a verdict that’s when we’ll know for sure.

          • Maui_Mike

            Innocent until proven guilty is a myth, it sounds great, but it’s far from true, if you are arrested and jailed the presumption of innocence would seem pretty distant I would think….it’s not a perfect system by any means, but it is better than some countries.

          • Island Girl

            I never said I was a witness but I did read his own statement about how they let him go even after he failed the test. He made a joke out of it. He has done s many bad things after he was let go that he has made himself look guilty. If he is not then the killer is still at large. I for one hope that if he is then justice will be served. I myself would not want to be a juror in this trial because I would be for a guilty verdict. I am not of the Lynch Mob mentality, I would not take it into my own hands and I m far from Barbaric but having said that, he has the task of proving his innocence. Let us see if they can do that.

          • margo

            Island Girl, I agree with your overall sentiment. I have been following the case as well. BUT, careful: You said “he has the task of proving his innocence.” That is actually wholly untrue. He has to show that the prosecutors have not shown beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty. It is a high bar for a reason. But, I hope that the prosecutors waited and now have the evidence. Lynch mobs don’t support taking it into their own hands per se…but they irrationally support someone else doing so. We’re hoping for the same outcome. I just want people to be level headed about this. The entire thing is a tragedy. :(

    • Observer

      No death penalty in Hawaii. And even if Hawaii had the death penalty, the charge is 2nd degree murder (heat of the moment killing), not 1st. They appear to be going after a charge that they think they can prove, rather than the more difficult task of proving that it was pre-meditated. But if you mean “fry him” as a passionate expression of disgust, I fully agree!

      • Amanda Dixon

        I don’t understand why they did not charge him for the death of the baby.

        • Amanda Dixon

          Also this would be premeditated . Do you think his car was really broken down and he did all this in the heat of the moment.

  • Hana PD

    (who is about to retire), should read, (soon to retire).

  • Hersley Alexander

    I feel that the fact that this kind of thing does not happen that often on this island, and the mpd refused the help of fbi and other homicide detectives shows this casewas misshandled. Solving cases aint like riding a bike. They should have been open to help from people that handle these kinds of cases every day.

  • Hersley Alexander

    All the evidence although circumstantial, pointed to him. That should have raised suspicions. More than a person of interest.

    • Maui_Mike

      There has to be careful protocol in these cases otherwise he could walk, remember, the prosecution only gets one chance at getting it right, sometimes progress is in frustrating baby steps.

  • David Salvado

    Mr. Grant, why is it always God’s fault? He gives us all free will, and the person who murdered her did so without any regard for human life! As for starving children, that is not God’s fault! This country has more than enough resources to feed all the children in the USA and third world countries, but they just don’t want to!

    • Brian Mcc

      Umm ” starving children” What ? Stray completely off subject much?

  • Mikey

    Whether Steven Capobianco is found guilty or not, he will still have to answer to God. Life in prison is better than eternity in Hell. So best he tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help him God. The truth will set you free Steven.

    • Maui_Mike

      “God” might forgive him, but many of us humans never will, I would love to have five minutes with him.

      • Mikey

        I put my trust in God, the Maui Police Department, and the Maui Prosecutors. If Steven admits publicly to the truth he has a chance for God’s forgiveness to save his soul from eternal damnation. If not, hope Stevie C. enjoys making S’mores with his best bud Satan.

        • Maui_Mike

          Your point is well taken.

  • Karma

    With his attitude life in jail (MCCC) is hell right now, just think what life in prison (Halawa) with hardcore criminals will be like. Oh well! Lets all hope the prosecutors have a strong case.

  • Caption Oblivious

    no body, no crime. no conviction.

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