Hawaiian police have officially charged two suspects in the brutal beating and murder of a teacher, which occurred last Wednesday, as reported by Fox News.
Stephen Brown, 23, and Hailey Dandurand, 20, each face a charge of second-degree murder for the death of substitute teacher Telma Boinville, 50. They have also been charged with first-degree burglary and kidnapping, according to Honolulu Star Advertiser.
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, the body of Boinville was found in a vacation rental home, having reportedly been fatally beaten with a baseball bat and suffocated, though autopsy reports are pending.
Boinville was cleaning the home she was murdered in, as part of a second job as a housekeeper. She had her 8-year-old daughter with her, who was discovered by authorities duct-taped and tied up in the room next to where Boinville’s body was found.
“It was such a senseless act. I can’t imagine the level of evil one must be to do something like that,” an acquaintance told KHON .
Brown’s criminal history is well documented, with police noting that he had several outstanding warrants, including one for beating an ex-girlfriend. Dandurand is a runaway from Portland, Oregon, with no prior criminal history.
Teacher brutally murdered while moonlighting at Hawaii vacation home, police say
Stephen Brown, 23 and Hailey Dandurand, 20 have been charged with killing Telma Boinville with a baseball bat
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Investigators have reportedly gathered a significant amount of evidence in their case against Brown and Dandurand, including finding Boinville’s wallet in the latter’s pocket and dried blood on her hands.
Additionally, Fox News has reported that the suspects were seen laughing and smirking as they were being led into police headquarters to face booking. After appearing before a judge on Saturday, Brown was held on $1 million bail and Dandurand was held on $500,000 bail.
Boinville’s husband, Kevin Emery, spoke at a vigil to mourn his wife’s passing, according to Hawaii News Now.
“I thank God at this time for allowing her to be my partner because it’s been the best years of my life,” he said. “[She] was the most beautiful spirit and most beautiful soul.”
Friends and family have set up a GoFundMe account to help Boinville’s husband and her 8-year-old daughter. As of this writing, it has raised over $68,000.
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