A woman who grew up in Bend and is charged with a grisly killing in Hawaii will remain in jail ahead of her murder trial.
Hailey Kai Dandurand and her boyfriend, Stephen Brown, have been in custody since their arrest for what’s been called one of the most brutal and haunting killings on Oahu in recent memory.
Dandurand, 22, and Brown, 25, are charged with second-degree murder for the killing of Telma Boinville, 51. The couple is additionally charged with two counts each of kidnapping and first-degree burglary.
They’ve pleaded not guilty, and their trial is set for the week of July 1.
Dandurand lived in Bend most of her life. Her mother was an elementary school principal, and according to Bend Police, Dandurand was the subject of several runaway investigations in her youth.
At the time of Boinville’s killing, Dandurand was enrolled at a community college 40 miles from the crime scene.
Brown was born in Ohio and raised in Florida. He moved to Hawaii in 2015 to be with his biological father. He has several prior arrests for assault, according to court records.
About 3 p.m. Dec. 7, 2017, police were called to a vacation rental on Ke Iki Road in Pupukea, on the north shore of Oahu. Vacationers from Australia had arrived and found Boinville facedown in a pool of blood.
A native of Brazil, Boinville was a substitute teacher who cleaned the rental house for a friend. She’d stopped by the house to take a load of laundry out of the dryer and left her 8-year-old daughter in her truck watching a movie.
When police arrived at the house, Boinville’s hands and feet were bound and a bag was covering her head, according to her autopsy report. Her 8-year-old daughter was tied up in another room in the house.
Near Boinville’s body was a hammer, meat tenderizer, baseball bat, kitchen knife, folding knife and machete, according to Dandurand’s 10-page indictment.
Boinville had wounds all over her body, and it’s believed most of the weapons were used in the attack. The medical examiner’s account of all of Boinville’s injuries takes up two single-spaced pages in Boinville’s autopsy report.
“It is nearly impossible to count the number of distinct injuries inflicted upon her head, neck, torso, upper and lower extremities,” reads Dandurand’s indictment.
Her cause of death was ruled to be blunt and sharp force injuries to her head.
The state believes after killing Boinville, Dandurand and Brown fled in Boinville’s truck.
The pair were apprehended in the nearby Mililani community hours after Boinville’s body was found and social media users circulated posts saying the killers were likely on the run in the victim’s truck.
When she was found by police, Dandurand was allegedly wearing a pair of Boinville’s earrings and Boinville’s daughter’s backpack. In her pocket was Boinville’s blood-stained debit card.
Blood matching Boinville’s DNA profile was found in several places on Dandurand’s body, according to prosecutors.
This week, First Circuit Court Judge Glen J. Kim in Honolulu denied a motion by Dandurand’s attorney for reduced bail and a separate trial.
The defense sought to have her conditionally released to her mother, Sunshine Dandurand, a former principal of Buckingham Elementary in Bend. Sunshine Dandurand lives in Kaneohe on Oahu.
But prosecutors argued Dandurand could potentially flee if released to her mother.
“Neither Defendant Dandurand, nor her proposed sponsor, Mrs. Dandurand, appear to have any significant ties to Hawaii, but rather deep ties to Oregon,” wrote Kyle T. Dowd, deputy prosecuting attorney, in a brief arguing to keep Dandurand in custody.
Brown’s bail is set at $1 million; Dandurand’s at $500,000.
Dandurand’s attorney, Barry L. Sooalo, argued his client’s bail was more than she could afford to pay and she would be adequately supervised by her mother if released.
The state has argued to increase Dandurand’s bail amount to match Brown’s.
“These were not personal crimes unlikely to be repeated, but impersonal, random and unpredictable,” Dowd wrote.
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