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Police release woman in stabbing death of boyfriend

<p>Manaolanalani </p><p>“Lana” </p><p>Benford holds a sign with an </p><p>anti-domestic </p><p>violence </p><p>slogan in this Facebook photo.</p>


Tribune-Herald staff writer

A 27-year-old woman is free after having been arrested late Wednesday night on suspicion of murder following the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend during an apparent domestic dispute at their home in Hawaiian Beaches.

After conferring with prosecutors, police released Manaolanalani “Lana” Lina Benford pending further investigation at about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Police said Benford called 911 to report the incident at the Kawakawa Street home about 10:44 p.m. Responding officers and emergency medical personnel found 42-year-old Shane Kanoa Ah Chock Campbell with stab wounds. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Hilo Medical Center.

Benford was arrested at the scene. Her two children were at home when the stabbing occurred and were taken into protective custody.

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 burglary.

Court records indicate Campbell was the subject of seven petitions for temporary restraining orders with five of those resulting in protective orders, dating back to 1991. One former girlfriend, Ralnamarie Hondonero, was granted TROs against Campbell on three separate occasions, in 1992 and twice in 2007. Court documents indicate that Hondonero also bailed Campbell out of jail at least once after obtaining a protective order against him.

In a 2007 petition, Hondonero described Campbell as a “verbally, physically, mentally abusive person.”

Hondonero wrote that Campbell, who fathered one of her children, became violent when she told him she no longer wanted to be in a relationship.

“He got upset so he came into my front door, it was lock(ed) but he manage(d) to break in,” she wrote. “He began chasing me in my living room, then picked up the coffee table and slammed it down on the floor. He grabbed my hands ready to slap me, when I managed to run out the front door to get help. My daughter was trying to call 911 but she wasn’t successful cause (sic) he got to her cell phone and broke it. I got to a phone at a neighbor’s house and called police. He got in the car and went to hide.”

That incident led to the conviction for burglary, plus terroristic threatening, property damage and interfering with a report of an emergency, as well as the dropped domestic abuse charge.

Hondonero wrote that on another occasion Campbell became angry when awakened from an afternoon nap by Hondonero’s phone ringing and her children making noise.

“He threw the remote control and hit me on my leg,” she wrote. “My mom heard him arguing with me, and said she were (sic) gonna call the police. I was afraid for me and my children so I said okay. He got even more angry when he heard she going to call the police so he grabbed me by the hair, grabbed the phone out of my hand, slammed it right in front of my face, then approached my daughter because (she) was trying to help me. He made (an) action to hit her and told her ‘What you going to do about it? I kick your f———- ass too! Then he breaked (sic) the room door we were in into pieces … and told us to shut the f—- up when the cops come. If not he were (sic) gonna kill me and my kids.”

Others who were granted court orders for protection from Campbell include his ex-wife, Terese Campbell and another girlfriend, Loren Bailey. A 2010 petition by Campbell’s sister, Moira Richardson, was denied by the court, as was a 1991 petition by Campbell’s stepmother, Charmaine Campbell, which also named Richardson as a respondent.

Benford, who has 15 prior convictions, but none for felonies or violent crimes, was also arrested and charged with domestic abuse in January 2012, but the charge was never prosecuted.

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