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Ex-LAPD officer arrested in Hawaii for wife's 2006 death

The Hawaii Police Department released this undated photo of ex-LAPD detective Daniel DeJarnette, 59, who is accused of killing his wife in Hawaii in November 2006.

May 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A retired Los Angeles Police Department detective is facing a murder charge in Hawaii.

Daniel DeJarnette, 59, is accused of killing his 56-year-old wife, Yu DeJarnette, and leaving her body on a lava embankment near their home in November 2006.

He was arrested on Monday after a grand jury indicted him on one count of second-degree murder. Prosecutors say DeJarnette beat his wife to death. At the time, he claimed she died in an accident.

DeJarnette pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on Tuesday.