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A man responsible for the killing of a cleaner in a Hawaiian vacation rental has been convicted, more than five years after the brutal murder.
Stephen Brown was charged for murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of burglary for the December 2017 death of Telma Boinville, and was on Friday found guilty of murder.
The murder had caused a stir in the quiet North Shore neighborhood of Pupukea and the delay in prosecutions led to public outcry and arrest.
It took the jury only less than half a day to bring conviction on the 28-year-old, as reported by Hawaiian News Now.
Brown was the first of two defendants to be tried for Boinville’s death. HIs girlfriend at the time of the crime, Hailey Dandurand, will be tried next week, though she had previously pled not guilty.
Boinville, a 51-year-old teacher, took up a cleaning job at a vacation rentals in Oahu’s North Shore for extra money.
Her 8-year-old daughter, who was waiting for her mom in the car when Boinville was set upon and killed, was then kidnapped, tied up inside the home, and told callously her mother had been killed.
Brown was without remorse and stared straight ahead while the verdict was read on Friday morning, according to Hawaii News Now.
The sentencing phase of the trial will continue on Monday and Brown faces an extended life sentence with no possibility of parole, according to the news medium.
Prosecutors said, during the trial, Boinville walked in on Brown while allegedly with Dandurand as they burglarized the home. She was tied up and killed by Brown with a machete and other weapons, according to Hawaii News Now.
In his testimony, Brown said Boinville was killed by his girlfriend, who was 20 at the time, after he left to surveil the property, as reported by Hawaii News Now.
During his closing argument, Brown’s court-appointed attorney, William Bagasol, told jurors that Brown was guilty of kidnapping Boinville and her daughter, burglarizing the rental but innocent of the homicide, according to the Star-Advertiser.
DurIng closing statements however, Deputy Prosecutor, Scott Bell said aside from confessing to Boinville’s daughter that the duo killed her mother, Brown was the only defendant with the physical stature to restrain her, the Star-Advertiser also reported.
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