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No-bail status is upheld in murder of 90-year-old woman

Aaron Wilsey appears Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court with his attorney, Elizabeth Cuccia. Wilsey has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a 90-year-old woman who was assaulted during a burglary of her Harbor Lights Condominium unit in Kahului. The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

WAILUKU — A man continues to be held without bail on charges including second-degree murder in the death of a 90-year-old woman who was assaulted during a burglary of a Harbor Lights Condominium unit in Kahului.

At a 2nd Circuit Court hearing Thursday for Aaron Wilsey, 26, of Wailuku, his attorney, Elizabeth Cuccia, asked that some bail be set, even if it were $1 million or $500,000.

“He should at least be given a chance to show the court he can be out on release while awaiting trial,” she said.

Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Martin asked that Wilsey continue to be held without bail, saying Wilsey is charged with a serious crime and faces enhanced sentencing of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of second-degree murder.

Because of that, “there’s a serious risk that the defendant may flee,” justifying the no-bail status, Martin said.

Police said Wilsey and co-defendant Lewellyn Foster Jr. burglarized the unit June 20. When the woman woke up and started screaming, Foster allegedly jumped on top of her and assaulted her, according to a police investigation. Police said the woman suffered life-threatening injuries and later died.

Wilsey is charged as a principal or accomplice with causing the death of Jacqueline Oberheim. The indictment against him alleges he 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 has pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

The robbery, theft and unauthorized entry charges occurred earlier June 20 in Lahaina and provided Wilsey “with the means and access” to commit the burglary in Kahului, Martin said at an earlier court hearing.

On Thursday, Judge Rhonda Loo maintained the no-bail status for Wilsey.

An Oct. 7 pretrial is set for him.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.