Stabbing victim’s boyfriend says hearing put off
Family Court has again postponed the jurisdiction waiver hearing for a 15-year-old boy accused of stabbing an Ewa woman to death in May, said the victim's boyfriend.
The Campbell High School student is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Karen Ertell. Ertell was found stabbed in her Ewa home in May.
Prosecutors have said they hope to try the boy as an adult, and have filed for a waiver of jurisdiction with the Family Court.
If the boy is tried as an adult, his trial would be public, and he faces life in prison with the possibility of parole. If tried as a minor, the trial will remain secret and the boy must be released when he turns 19.
A Family Court judge was expected to hold a hearing in July, but it was postponed until November. Now the hearing has been postponed again to January, said Ertell's boyfriend, Kevin Callahan.
A spokesman for the city Prosecuting Attorney's Office declined comment, citing confidentiality laws regarding Family Court matters.