HONOLULU (KHON2) — Five years after the gruesome murder of Telma Boinville, the trial of Stephen Brown, one of her accused killers, is finally underway.
Telma Boinville’s murder shook the North Shore community in December of 2017. While her ohana said they are relieved the trial is finally starting, they are disappointed Stephen Brown and Hailey Dandurand, the pair accused of killing her, are being tried separately, forcing all of them to go through the painful process twice.
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“As hard as it is, I’m happy that this is finally about to take place,” Emery said.
Emery, Boinville’s brother-in-law, said it’s been a very long and painful road for their ohana, forced to wait for justice as the trial date for Stephen Brown and Hailey Dandurand, accused of killing Boinville, was postponed more than 20 times.
Brown and Dandurand were arrested just hours after Boinville’s body was found beaten to death in a Pupukea vacation rental she was cleaning. Boinville’s 8-year-old daughter was also found in the home, tied up, with her mouth duct taped.
“Nobody in this world deserves to feel, to experience and to suffer the way my ohana has suffered,” said Emery. “They did what they did together they were both there and in my opinion, it should have been one trial. Worst thing I would want is for my niece actually to go through two separate trials.”
Jury selection for Brown’s trial began Tuesday in Circuit Court. The prosecutor’s office said they expect the process to last through this week, with opening statements to begin Monday. But former Attorney General Doug Chin said jury selection may take longer.
“The circumstances surrounding this case are gruesome. They’re highly emotional. And there was a lot of publicity about it in the local news,” Chin said.
For that reason, he said jury selection tends to take much longer.
“When you have a high publicity case, more often than not, you need to talk to jurors one by one to really find out whether they can be able to put aside what they’ve heard about the case previously, and to be able to judge the case based on the facts that they hear during the trial,” Chin explained.
He said he wouldn’t be surprised if it takes longer than suggested.
Boinville’s daughter, who is now in her early teens, is expected to take the stand.
KHON reached out to Brown’s attorney, he declined to comment. Brown is being charged with murder, kidnapping, burglary and criminal property damage.
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Dandurand’s trial is expected to start this summer, after Browns’ trial ends.