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Man charged with killing cellmate appears in District Court

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 03:52 p.m. HST, Mar 12, 2013

The 32-year-old prison detainee charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of another inmate at Oahu Community Correctional Center will be arraigned Thursday afternoon in District Court.

Joseph Tui Jr. tried to address District Circuit Judge Leslie Hayashi several times during this morning’s brief court appearance, but was cut off.

Tui, dressed in light blue prison coveralls with his right hand bandaged, seemed to want to confess to sexually attacking an inmate but also said, “I’m not homosexual. I’m not gay. I want to tell the truth.”

Tui was charged Monday with killing a 76-year-old cellmate, identified in court documents as Cyril Chung, also known as Cyrl Chung.

The Medical Examiner's Office said the victim died of head injuries caused by “blunt force trauma.” The death was ruled a homicide.

Hayashi continued Tui’s bail at $250,000.

At the time of incident, Tui was being held on a third-degree assault charge.

Chung also had been waiting for two years to go to trial for second-degree robbery.

The fight took place at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The state Department of Public Safety is investigating the cause of the fight, which happened during a shift change.

The two were housed in a holding unit for inmates who have misbehaved. They were sharing a cell because the facility is overcrowded, said Ted Sakai, director of public safety.

Tui was moved to the holding unit Thursday for threatening a staff member. The older inmate was in the unit for cigarette possession. He died at 4:12 p.m. Saturday after being taken to the hospital with head injuries.

Tui has a long record of convictions starting in 2000 for theft, burglary, escape, misdemeanor sex assault and harassment.

Four years ago he was assaulted by three adult corrections officer at Halawa Correctional Facility. The attack, caught on surveillance tape, led to the dismissal of the three guards.

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false wrote:
I don't think there was a fight. The guy Tui just outright beat the other guy. If this guy was in China he would be used for spare parts.
on March 12,2013 | 11:51AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
How is it that a 76 year old handicapped (missing one eye) inmate gets put in the same cell with a 32 year old?
on March 12,2013 | 07:07PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
darwinism in practice. they were both there for a reason. bad criminals. now, one less to house, feed, provide medical care. cold, for sure, but that's the reality.
on March 12,2013 | 07:56PM
ROBT wrote:
They were at occ innocent until proven guilty. Why was. 76 year old in the same cell as this dangerous person? This contraband cigarette business might have infringed on the guards contraband cigarette business! I can't think of any other reason they would have made such an incomprehendable error!
on March 13,2013 | 12:28AM
cojef wrote:
Too bad the calculation was off its mark. If the older survived it would have been more beneficial according to your theory, as his future life span would have been shorter. If Tui gets a life sentence, his life span is much longer, unless he gets into another fight and his rival is more adept than him and really gives him a beating, causing his demise.
on March 13,2013 | 06:11AM
serious wrote:
Is this the same system that let the prisoner loose and the State paid $19,500 overtime for his recapture??? Just wait until a personal injury attorney gets his hands on this. Where is the Adult supervision??? Isn't anyone in charge??? There should be something in the police force besides eating donuts---on Hobron Lane there are 7-8 police--each morning---no they don't pay the meters--eating at the Pantry!! They should be out working---whatever that is!!
on March 12,2013 | 11:55AM
eoe wrote:
On your BS donut comment, has it occurred to you that cops need to eat, and they have breaks, and they are social people just like everyone else? If you think you'd make a better cop, go sign up.
on March 12,2013 | 12:08PM
eoe...................hostage from your feelings eh? the comment was objective. check out the meaning of the word please
on March 12,2013 | 11:26PM
Graham wrote:
These incidents fall under STATE jurisdiction....not HPD...
on March 12,2013 | 12:16PM
allie wrote:
true...the poor old man beaten to death is another victim of our incompetent, lenient court system.
on March 12,2013 | 12:21PM
Kuihao wrote:
A victim of our "incompetent, lenient court system?" Seriously, allie, try thinking before you post.
on March 12,2013 | 01:26PM
allie wrote:
I stand on the statement..do your research on the background to this story
on March 12,2013 | 02:20PM
aomohoa wrote:
I don't condone this, BUT "the poor old man" was a a criminal! Quit sounding stupid!
on March 12,2013 | 01:30PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
aomohoa - telling ALL-LIE to stop being stupid is like telling water to stop being wet!!! YIKES!!!
on March 12,2013 | 01:41PM
allie wrote:
so that excuses the murder? Yikes
on March 12,2013 | 02:20PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ALL-LIE oddly it is something you should be accustomed to... http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20087711-504083.html
on March 12,2013 | 07:14PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"A poor old man criminal" who was and should not have been murdered.
on March 12,2013 | 02:29PM
cojef wrote:
He certainly should not have been incarcerated with a violent criminal like Tui. Further the older prisoner was being singled out for violating prison rules and separated from the prison population. Bad mistake on the part of prison officials to place these two individuals together, one a prisoner with violent criminal history and the other prisoner convicted of white collar crime.
on March 13,2013 | 06:22AM
kalai wrote:
allie what do you mean OUR..your not local. go back to north dakota
on March 12,2013 | 04:21PM
poor old man................breaking the law................poor old man? warped you are
on March 12,2013 | 11:27PM
Loki wrote:
HPD is not prison guards. I think it falls under the State Sheriffs jurisdiction.
on March 12,2013 | 05:59PM
Anonymous wrote:
Sorry, but Tui is gay. Plain and simple.
on March 12,2013 | 12:11PM
Slow wrote:
So? Kill them all? Irrelevant comment.
on March 12,2013 | 01:18PM
50skane wrote:
This guy is about three quarts short upstairs.
on March 12,2013 | 12:22PM
LKK56 wrote:
You are being too generous. This guy is the reason we need capital punishment. You can blame the corrections system for oversight, but the bottom line, this guy is sub-animal (he does not qualify for sub-human). Get rid of this guy permanently.
on March 12,2013 | 10:15PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Over crowded prisons, drugs and alcohol the downfall of the Hawaiian people.
on March 12,2013 | 12:30PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Tui is Hawaiian?
on March 12,2013 | 01:02PM
Slow wrote:
Good (implied) point. I do not care if he is Hawaiian, gay or anything else. I am sickened by the corrections people who made a terrible fatal mistake.
on March 12,2013 | 01:24PM
allie wrote:
on March 12,2013 | 02:21PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ray - tell us where that mix of conditions have NOT brought the downfall of anyone?
on March 12,2013 | 01:52PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Life, without parole, seems in order here.
on March 12,2013 | 12:39PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Joker till the end.
on March 12,2013 | 01:15PM
Mikilai wrote:
on March 12,2013 | 01:29PM
aomohoa wrote:
Hilarious allie. He was not a poor old man! He was a criminal also.
on March 12,2013 | 01:33PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I hope he had leg shackles.
on March 12,2013 | 01:37PM
Bully wrote:
Now Tui is 32 years old again.
on March 12,2013 | 02:15PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I know - they keep subtracting then adding 10 years...
on March 12,2013 | 02:29PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I wish they would bring back the old pic of Tui, the homosexual murderer.
on March 12,2013 | 02:30PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Just put the dude in a cage and forget about him
on March 12,2013 | 02:30PM
slink wrote:
New rule: Never show a photo of the criminal! Just make a stick figure drawing or a blank silhouette. The two photos of this guy is just what he wants.
on March 12,2013 | 02:49PM
HD36 wrote:
Strange that the United States is touted as the most advanced nation, the world's greatest super power, and yet we have the highest amount of people in prisons per capita in the world!
on March 12,2013 | 03:20PM
control wrote:
what a loser....castrate him.
on March 12,2013 | 07:01PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Yeah ALL-LIE North Dakota is so safe and normal http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2012/08/03/racist-decapitation-murder-shakes-small-north-dakota-town/ http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20087711-504083.html
on March 12,2013 | 07:08PM
Smiling wrote:
Look at the picture !!! Honestly!!
on March 12,2013 | 09:38PM
sailfish1 wrote:
"Chung also had been waiting for two years to go to trial for second-degree robbery" TWO YEARS! What is wrong with our court system?
on March 12,2013 | 09:42PM
HD36 wrote:
Killed because of smoking a cigarette.
on March 12,2013 | 11:07PM
serious wrote:
Two years? And the jails are overcrowded? How much does it cost to house a criminal?
on March 13,2013 | 06:02AM
looks like the victim gets big $$$$ anothe screw up by the prison system......................millions eh? for stealing cigarettes? good one State of Hawaii, BIG $$$$
on March 12,2013 | 11:25PM
DABLACK wrote:
Put Tui in with the gen population.
on March 13,2013 | 05:30AM
cojef wrote:
Let him loose in LA, the cops here shoot at the slightest hint of aggression, and Tui certainly has that traits.
on March 13,2013 | 06:27AM
Bully wrote:
Its like putting a chihuahua in a cage with a pitbull. What do you think is going to happen?
on March 13,2013 | 01:36PM
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