A Maui man found guilty of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend is facing a life sentence without the possibility of parole, after a jury found that the circumstances of the killing called for a harsher sentence than the maximum carried by the conviction.
Steven Capobianco was found guilty last week of the second-degree murder in 2014 of Carly “Charli” Scott, his former girlfriend who was five months pregnant with his child at the time, and setting her car on fire. Scott is believed to have died from multiple stab wounds.
The jury deliberated for nearly a month before finding Capobianco guilty of the murder, but deliberated only briefly on Tuesday to determine that Capobianco killed Scott in an “especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manner.” This means that he will face an enhanced sentence, beyond the maximum second-degree murder sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. Now, a judge can sentence him to life without the possibility of parole.
Deputy Maui Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rivera presented the jury with photos of Scott’s body, which showed multiple stab wounds to the abdomen. Rivera argued that the excessive stab wounds constituted “unnecessary torture.”
“Killing Charli Scott was not enough for this man,” Rivera told the jury.
Defense attorney Jon Apo countered that multiple stab wounds led to a quicker death for Scott, and claimed the prosecution had a sympathetic jury because one of the jurors was pregnant. He said that all murders are arguably heinous, atrocious and cruel.
Capabianco, who did not testify at his trial, will be sentenced on March 24.
Photo: Maui Police Department