Man, 83, faces murder trial
A stabbing at the Ilikai brings charges in wife's death
An 83-year-old Canadian man was charged yesterday with second-degree murder in the stabbing death Sunday of his wife at the Ilikai Waikiki Hotel.
Police said Ted Jandura was being held in lieu of $1 million bail and was scheduled to appear in Honolulu District Court today.
When police arrived at the Janduras' 13th-floor room at about 9:25 a.m. Sunday, Jandura, who had several spots of blood on his forehead, "appeared very calm and he acted normal," a police affidavit said. When officers asked Jandura whether everything was all right, he replied, "No, my wife is dead; I killed her," the affidavit stated.
Police found the body of Ingeborg Jandura, 82, covered with dried blood on a bed inside the unit, according to the affidavit.
The Department of the Medical Examiner said the woman died from "injuries to her neck blood vessels, lung and heart due to multiple stab wounds of the body."
Police arrested Jandura after responding to a call of an argument at the makai wing in the Ilikai Tower at 1777 Ala Moana Blvd.
Apparently, Ted Jandura called police. Police dispatch said a caller named Ted reported he was arguing with his elderly wife, the police affidavit said.
Several knives recovered from the scene by police did not have any blood on them. However, police found dried bloodstains on the carpeting, curtain and bedsheets.
Homicide Lt. David Kamai said the suspect did not appear to suffer from any mental illness.
The couple, of Edmonton, Alberta, were frequent visitors of the isles for the past 26 years. They had a three-month lease on the apartment and had been staying there since Dec. 12, Kamai said.
"It's just very sad," said June Baker, of Chicago, who is renting a unit at the Ilikai Hotel with her husband, Ira Miller.
Security at the Ilikai Waikiki Hotel deferred calls to the general manager, who could not be reached for comment.
Star-Bulletin reporter Leila Fujimori contributed to this report.