Tension between the attorneys reached a breaking point on day 12 of the murder trial of Steven Capobianco.
The Maui man 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.
It’s been a heated trial so far with the prosecutor and defense attorney constantly arguing over each other’s line of questioning.
On Monday, Judge Joseph Cardoza was forced to intervene. He acknowledged that the attorneys are under a lot of pressure.
Prosecutor Robert Rivera is trying to prove Capobianco killed Scott, even though her body was never found.
Defense attorney Jon Apo is defending a client who faces a life sentence if convicted of murder.
“The jury, they don’t need that from you,” Cardoza told the two in court. “They want highly experienced attorneys who know what they’re supposed to be doing in the courtroom. They don’t want conduct that is not professional, that is not suitable.”
Though Scott’s mother, Kimberlyn, was scheduled to testify after Scott’s youngest sister, Phaedra Wais, the state brought in Molly Wirth.
Wirth helped recover Scott’s personal items in a remote area off Hana Highway.
She described finding Scott’s tank top, black skirt, and blanket covered in maggots, which smelled like “something dead, like rotted flesh.”
Wais previously provided a similar account on the stand.
The trial resumes on Tuesday.