Defense challenges Maui police investigation on murder trial days 8 and 9

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On Days 8 and 9 of the Maui murder trial for Steven Capobianco, the defense had the floor, once again coming down hard on the lead detective in the case.

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.

On Monday, Capobianco’s attorney, Jon Apo, challenged Sgt. Wendell Loo about his search of Capobianco’s home, and why he didn’t take a picture of the last known ping from Scott’s cell phone, as documented by her mother.

Apo tried to illustrate that police focused strictly on Capobianco without looking at other possible suspects.

Defense: Wouldn’t it be accurate to say that at the point in time at this interview of February 28 with Steven Capobianco, your main intent at that point is to try to catch him in a lie?

Detective: Yes, sir.

On Tuesday, Apo tried to cast doubt that the victim was even murdered. He posed that Scott was not murdered by a person, but possibly killed by a wild boar.

However, the lead investigator said cut marks were found on the jawbone.

“If you’re using a machete to cut a tree branch, you’ll see the cut marks inside, the slashes, but a boar rubbing its tusks basically is not really cut marks, so the outer bark where they’re rubbing their tusks will rub away, but you still have the tree or whatever it’s running on still in tact,” Loo explained.

After days on the stand, Loo’s testimony wrapped Tuesday.

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