On Day 10 of the murder trial of Steven Capobianco, two of the victim’s younger sisters took the stand.
Capobianco is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Carly “Charli” Scott. She was 27 years old and five months pregnant when she was reported missing in February 2014.
So far, the jury has heard from a Planned Parenthood manager, Capiobanco’s coworker, and a detective in the case.
On Wednesday, the trial took a more personal turn as the jury heard more about who Scott was through her sisters, Fiona and Phaedra Wais.
Fiona spoke in the morning. She had also testified briefly toward the end of Tuesday’s proceedings. Following the lunch break, Phaedra took the stand.
Both women are several years younger than Scott, and described Scott’s relationship with Capobianco.
Fiona and Phaedra often stayed at Scott and Capobianco’s shared home to spend more time with their sister.
Defense: That’s when you testified that you were, I guess, staying on their couch in the living room. Is that accurate?
Defense: Did you testify that one of your other siblings was also living in that residence, the Kula residence, at that time period as well?
Defense: And who would that be?
Fiona: It was my younger sibling, Phaedra Wais.
Defense: And how old were you at the time?
Defense: And how old was Phaedra?
They said the former couple slept in different rooms, but Scott would still do anything for Capobianco.
“She was very motherly (toward him),” Phaedra said. “Like she just always wanted to cook for him. She wanted to take care of him. She loved him. She wanted to do everything she could for him.”
Fiona said when Scott announced to the family that she was pregnant with Capobianco’s child, she contacted Capobianco to ask him questions.
She said he replied by saying he thought she took care of it, meaning she had an abortion.
Then later, when Scott went missing, she told the jury about a theory that Capobianco had.
“(He said) ‘I’m not sure, but I have a hypothesis that Charli could’ve picked up a hitchhiker,’ and to me, that just didn’t make any sense,” Fiona said. “It didn’t make sense to me, because the story that I had heard repeatedly was that he was driving in front of Charli to make sure that his vehicle didn’t break down again.”
Defense attorney Jon Apo asked Fiona about Scott’s relationship with their stepfather.
Fiona said Scott did not get along with their stepfather and agreed that, at the time of Scott’s disappearance, she was not allowed at her mother and stepfather’s home.
Phaedra said she used a GPS locator to find Scott’s last known location, and looked there during the search for her missing sister.
Scott’s mother, Kimberlyn Scott, is expected to testify next.
The trial resumes Friday.