Man faces murder in death of woman, 90
Defendant pleads not guilty to June 20 attack
WAILUKU — A Wailuku man has been indicted on a charge of murder in the death of a 90-year-old woman who was assaulted during a burglary of a Harbor Lights Condominium unit in Kahului.
Aaron Wilsey, 26, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges during his arraignment Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court.
Wilsey was among three people arrested last month for the burglary, which occurred the night of June 20.
An investigation showed the victim woke up while her room was being burglarized and started screaming before co-defendant Lewellyn Foster Jr. jumped on top of the woman and assaulted her, Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Martin said at a bail hearing last month for Foster.
Martin said the woman suffered injuries including a subdural hematoma and broken orbital eye socket.
Foster, 35, of Kahului has pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.
A Maui County grand jury returned the murder indictment against Wilsey on Aug. 9, court records show.
In the indictment, Wilsey is charged as a principal or accomplice with causing the death of Jacqueline Oberheim. The indictment alleges that Wilsey knowingly caused her death or was at the crime scene and, knowing that Oberheim was suffering from serious physical harm, failed to seek law enforcement or medical help for her.
In addition to second-degree murder, Wilsey is charged with first-degree burglary of Oberheim’s residence. If convicted of those charges, Wilsey could face extended sentencing because the victim was 60 or older, according to the indictment.
He also faces mandatory minimum sentencing, based on prior convictions for two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and second-degree arson.
Wilsey also is charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle on June 20 in Lahaina.
Martin previously said the robbery, which occurred earlier in the day, provided Wilsey “with the means and access” to commit the burglary at the woman’s residence.
Wilsey is being held without bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center pending a bail hearing Thursday.
Foster’s girlfriend, Chery Moniz, 29, of Kahului, also is charged with first-degree burglary in the case.
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