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Not guilty plea in murder of pregnant Maui woman

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge in her death.

Steven Capobianco is accused of killing Carly Scott and burning her vehicle to cover up the murder. A Maui grand jury indicted him last week on charges of second-degree murder and third-degree arson.

The 24-year-old appeared at his arraignment Tuesday wearing a neck brace, orange jumpsuit and sporting a full beard.

Scott's relatives and friends sat in the courtroom gallery's front row. Some wore T-shirts with "Justice for Charli & Joshua" on the back, for Scott's nickname and the name she planned to give her son.

They declined to comment after the brief hearing, where no details about what happened to Scott were revealed.

First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rivera also declined to comment after the hearing, saying his office is still in the process of filing motions in the case.

He asked in court that Capobianco not be allowed to contact Scott's family, directly or indirectly, "especially through social media, as well."

A jury trial date was set for Oct. 6, with a pretrial conference on Sept. 3.

Scott, 27, was five months pregnant with Capobianco's child when she disappeared.

Capobianco was served with an arrest warrant Monday at Maui Community Correctional Center, where he has been held since last month in an unrelated case, a spokeswoman for the state judiciary said.

Maui police Lt. William Juan said he doesn't know why Capobianco has a neck brace, which he was also wearing when his mug shot was taken on Monday.

Family members last saw Scott in February at her sister's home in Haiku. The Makawao woman's burned 1997 Toyota 4Runner was later found on the island's north shore.

According to a copy of the indictment obtained by The Associated Press, Capobianco caused Scott's death "in an especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manner, manifesting exceptional depravity" in mid-February.

Before the burnt-out SUV was found, police discovered Scott's dog in the nearby community of Nahiku.

Capobianco has told Hawaii News Now that he saw Scott on the night her family says she vanished, but he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

He said Scott picked him up and drove him to his pickup truck, which had broken down in Keanae. He said that after he fixed his truck, Scott was driving behind him, but he lost sight of her and figured she arrived safely at her destination.

The bench warrant set bail at $2 million for the murder and arson charges.

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Mimi July 15 2014 at 3:03 PM

How do they know he caused her death "in an especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manner, manifesting exceptional depravity" if they have never found her? Am I missing something? I mean, I'm not saying he didn't kill her (or that he did), but to get that descriptive about the manner seems to suggest they know HOW she died, but with no body.....?

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Jesscia Smith Mimi July 15 2014 at 3:51 PM

agreeing with you how o they know how she died unless they know something we dont know

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patrick Mimi Tuesday at 5:04 PM

They haven't released the info they have yet, is that hard to understand ?

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TripleXKimberly Tuesday at 7:37 PM

I call BS to his story. He is hiding something. Why on earth would he not follow her home or follow her to her destination and she was pregnant with his child?. Anything could have happened before she got there. I bet she wanted out of the relationship and he wasn't going to let that happen. I hope he gets the Max allowed if found guilty.

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Michelle Tuesday at 8:11 PM

All to get out of being a dad & paying child support. A$$hole.......

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dan_crabtree July 15 2014 at 1:53 PM

Oh man good thing they got him for sure, as now he could face up to six months in a dorm type eviroment in this liberal states correction facility..and that will teach him a hard earned lesson he will not soon forget..

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Kate dan_crabtree July 15 2014 at 3:44 PM

You know, do you, that because Hawaii is a liberal state he'll get six months for two counts of murder? I don't know of any liberal state in the union where murder gets you six months.

I do know that in conservative Montana you can rape a minor and not do any time at all.

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jteasdale dan_crabtree Tuesday at 4:19 PM

For first degree murder, Hawaii has a mandatory life without parole sentence & for second degree life with possibility of parole.

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zonahammer July 15 2014 at 2:01 PM

Wow, another AOL gotcha headline full of crap...where are the "Grisly Details" I can't believe they are even charging him with nothing but a guess..

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evnsaffl Tuesday at 9:16 PM

He could have sprained his neck in a struggle with her.

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deejunebug evnsaffl Tuesday at 11:01 PM

Or...one of the prison inmates might have tried to break his sorry neck and failed.....

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debnaert Tuesday at 6:08 PM

"Grisly details that led to his arrest" WHERE are these grisly details in the article????????????

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deejunebug debnaert Tuesday at 11:09 PM

"Capobianco caused Scott's death "in an especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manner, manifesting exceptional depravity"

I guess we're supposed to fill in all the "grisly" details using our wildest imagination...they only supplied a few adjectives to help us out a bit. What a rip off headline...(not that I really wanted to hear how he murdered his ex-girlfriend/baby)

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Joebudgie Tuesday at 5:19 PM

If i was called to get my wife's or girl friend's car running again after a breakdown I know I would follow her home to make sure the car kept going not vice versa as he said. His story is lame. He certainly is the prime number one suspect. But, where is her body?

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Judy Joebudgie Wednesday at 12:11 AM

it said his car broke down and she drove him...not the other way around,,she followed him home but he lost sight of her.....true or not.....

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dezig85 Tuesday at 5:19 PM

The application for a warrant for his arrest would have required probable cause. That would be evidence of her death, such as the burned out S.U.V. was processed and found to have a very large amount of blood, or other crime scene evidence that would have indicated that her death was very violent. Criminals burn vehicles, structures and bodies to hide evidence, but science is getting better at recovering it. Just because the investigators did not share with us what they know doesn't mean that they are guessing. In fact, warrants for murder, regardless of the degree charged , are signed by a judge and require more than a guess or hunch. Wait and see what follows, it might take time, but what the investigators know will be part of the court process

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carolynbp5 Tuesday at 5:28 PM

How come he's not getting 2 first degree murders an death

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dezig85 carolynbp5 Tuesday at 5:33 PM

Some states do not recognize an unborn as a human, therefore killing an unborn is not illegal.

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