By JOHN BURNETT
Tribune-Herald staff writer
A 27-year-old Pahoa woman who was arrested and later released following the stabbing death of her 42-year-old boyfriend told police he had assaulted her and threatened to kill her because a puppy defecated on his sofa, according to court documents filed by police.
Documents state that Manaolanalani “Lana” Lina Benford called 911 at 10:44 p.m. on Aug. 21 and told a dispatcher that she had stabbed Shane Kanoa Ah Chock Campbell “and she thinks he’s dead.”
Officers responding to the Kawakawa Street home in Hawaiian Beaches subdivision “observed what appeared to be blood in the driveway.” When police arrived, Benford was on the street in front of the house, crying and “wearing a white shirt with what appeared to be blood on it. She also appeared to have blood on her lip and nose area,” documents state.
Campbell was found in the garage, lying face-up and unresponsive, police wrote. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Hilo Medical Center.
Benford told police that Campbell had threatened to kill her “because the dog took a s—- on the sofa,” and that Campbell had also head-butted her and thrown her keys in the bushes, according to documents.
“She also admitted that she had stabbed him and made a comment that the knife was possibly in the car,” police wrote.
A search of a black Suzuki Gran Vitara yielded “one kris style dagger, with a white handle which appears to be a female holding a knife over her head, and skull and crossbones near the blade,” documents state. The dagger had a blade “approximately six inches in length.”
“The knife has what appears to be dried blood on it,” police wrote.
Officers also talked to Benford’s two children, an 8-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, who “were in the vehicle parked just outside the carport,” documents state.
“Mommy killed Uncle Chuck,” the girl allegedly told an officer.
A police detective reportedly asked the boy if he knew why he (the detective) was there “and he stated that it’s because his mom had stabbed Uncle Chuck,” documents state.
The boy reportedly told officers that he and his sister were with their mom in her car and were about to leave when Campbell came to the car, opened the door, took the keys from Benford and threw them in the bushes. The boy told officers that his mom and Campbell were fighting and that Campbell was pushing his mother toward the back of the house. The boy said that his mom was trying to get into the car but that Campbell blocked, pushed and punched her, documents state.
The boy allegedly told police that Campbell told Benford: “You never got beaten up in your life like this.”
The boy also reportedly said that Campbell pushed his mom into a metal pole at least twice, and that he saw Campbell holding something in his hand that he called a “tool” and an “axle.”
The boy said that when he got out of the car, he saw Campbell lying on the ground on his back and heard his mom say out loud that she killed Uncle Chuck, documents state.
Documents indicate that police recovered a red car jack from a Suzuki Aerio on the property, but it’s not known if that’s the “tool” or the “axle” that the boy allegedly referred to.
Campbell had a lengthy criminal record and a history of domestic violence. According to court records, he had 25 convictions dating back to 1990, including five for domestic abuse, four for terroristic threatening, two for criminal property damage and one for interfering with the report of an emergency or crime.
Another domestic abuse charge against Campbell was dropped, apparently as part of a plea deal in 2008, when he was sentenced to 18 months in jail and five years probation for a burglary charge stemming from a domestic assault.
Court records also indicate that Campbell was the subject of seven petitions for temporary restraining orders, with five of those resulting in protective orders, dating back to 1991.
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