Maui man changes plea in deadly stabbing of estranged wife at busy grocery store

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A man accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death in April 2016 has changed his plea.

Stephen Schmidt was originally charged with first-degree murder for the death of Kehau Farias Schmidt in Wailuku.

According to court documents, Schmidt was looking for Farias Schmidt and her boyfriend at Foodland in Kehalani Village Center.

The two were separated at the time, and ​​​​​Farias Schmidt had a restraining order against him.

A store employee reportedly witnessed Schmidt stabbing her “one to three times in the chest.” She died at the hospital.

Police say Schmidt also stabbed two men who tried to intervene. They required surgery for their injuries.

According to police, Schmidt fled the scene and was arrested after crashing his vehicle into his Kahului residence.

Police said Schmidt told his daughter that he stabbed someone, and asked the officers, “What you guys charging me with, huh …. You guys cannot charge me with murder because she is still alive, she never die.”

As part of a deal, Schmidt changed his plea to no contest to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. He also pleaded no contest to attempted murder and assault.

In exchange, the prosecution agreed to dismiss other charges against him.

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