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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:57 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Hearing set in Navy murder case

A pretrial military court martial hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a Navy man charged with the June 10 murder of his wife and mother-in-law at a Navy housing complex near Pearl Harbor.

Hull Technician Second Class David A. Dearmond, who has been held at the Ford Island brig for the past 85 days, is charged with killing his wife, Zaleha K. Dearmond, and mother-in-law, Saniah B. Abdul Ghani. Mrs. Dearmond died from a blow to the head with an iron skillet while her mother was stabbed to death.

The sailor is also charged with raping his wife, abusing her corpse and impeding the investigation by destroying, moving or tampering with evidence.

Lt. Brian Summerfield and Lt. Matthew Kurek have been appointed by the Judge Advocate General's office to represent Dearmond. The pretrial hearing will determine the charges Dearmond will face at his court martial. If found guilty, the sailor could be sentenced to death or life in prison.

Suspect booked for assaulting teen

Police will seek to charge a 32-year-old Kalihi man arrested yesterday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old runaway girl.

The man was booked on six counts of first-degree sex assault and three counts of third-degree sex assault.

In an unrelated case, 32-year-old Arcel Tubalado was re-arrested at the O'ahu Community Correctional Center after being indicted on sex assault charges related to an alleged February attack on two young teen-age girls at a Seaview residence. The indictment charges Tubalado, who is awaiting trial at OCCC on charges stemming from the same case, with first- and second-degree sex assault.