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Tuesday, April 11, 2000

Affair suspected
in fatal stabbing

Cheryl Mosier, still in the hospital,
is to be arrested in her
husband's death

By Jaymes K. Song


An extramarital affair between a Mililani man and a California woman may have been the motive behind his alleged murder, according to court documents.

Harbin Richard Mosier Jr., 44, was going to leave his wife to be with a Sacramento woman with whom he had a child, his mother-in-law Janice Sweigart told detectives.

The affair had been going on for 3-1/2 years, according to Sweigart.

An arrest warrant has been issued charging Cheryl Mosier, 45, with the slaying of her husband, who was found dead Thursday night at their Wekiu Street home with a stab wound to the neck.

By Ken Ige, Star-Bulletin
Harbin Richard Mosier Jr. was a respected hula chanter
and dancer. Police believe he was murdered by his wife.

Earlier that night, after the couple had returned home from dinner, Cheryl Mosier had a conversation with Sweigart, who resides at the home.

"Cheryl told her mother that she was upset because the victim told her at dinner that he was going to leave her when the youngest child reached 18," a document filed by police said.

"Sweigart said that her daughter, Cheryl Mosier, was most afraid of being alone."

Mosier will be formally arrested and booked at Honolulu police headquarters for second-degree murder as soon as she is released from Queen's Hospital, said Homicide Lt. William Kato.

She had also been stabbed in the neck four times, in what police say may have been a suicide attempt.

She remains at Queen's Hospital under a suicide watch, and was declared in good condition this morning. Mosier hasn't made a statement to police but told her physician that "she and her husband made a suicide pact," court documents said.

Cheryl Mosier was discovered by police and paramedics lying on the living room floor next to her dead husband.

A medical examiner found his wound was not self-inflicted.

In a 911 call, Cheryl Mosier stated she and her husband were injured and didn't know what happened to them. Police said a large kitchen knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was placed near her husband's head.

Harbin Mosier's mother, Helen, who also resides at the home, acknowledged her son's affair to police.

Helen Mosier told police that though her son told his wife they should get a divorce when their sons completed school, everything seemed fine when she went to bed.

Six family members, including the two teen-age sons, were at home during the time of the stabbing and reported hearing no arguing or fighting.

Bail for Cheryl Mosier was set at $100,000.

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