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Tui pleads not guilty in killing of fellow inmate

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:14 a.m. HST, Mar 21, 2013

The 32-year-old inmate accused of killing a fellow prisoner at Oahu Community Correctional Center entered a plea of not guilty this morning.

Joseph Tui Jr., 32 is charged with first-degree murder in the March 9 beating death of Cyrl Chung in an OCCC holding cell. 

Tui, who is being held at OCCC, entered his not guilty plea via a closed circuit hookup from the Kalihi prison facility.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkin set his trial date for the week of May 28. His trial judge will be Michael Wilson.

The charge carries a mandatory life prison term without the possibility of parole, the state's harshest penalty, because the killing happened while Tui was imprisoned.

An autopsy determined Chung, 76, died of head injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

Tui and Chung were placed together in a special holding unit intended for just one inmate because of overcrowding. Tui was in the holding unit for threatening a staff member, and Chung was there for cigarette possession.

Tui was being held in OCCC on a harassment charge stemming from a July arrest. Chung had been there awaiting trial for robbery since February 2011.

Tui, who has a lengthy criminal record, has a history of mental illness and of refusing to take his medication, according to state court records.

Chung had been waiting for more than two years while lawyers were trying to negotiate a plea deal that would keep him from dying in prison.

He had been arrested on Feb. 15, 2011, and charged with second-degree robbery at Walmart on Keeaumoku Street.

Chung had a lengthy criminal record and suffered two self-inflicted gunshot wounds, court documents say. 

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allie wrote:
He will be out on the street in a year or so.
on March 21,2013 | 10:13AM
silvangold wrote:
....want to tell us something new, allie?
on March 21,2013 | 01:01PM
foursun wrote:
Typical local career criminal can't get a job so he does what he can to stay in jail so he is fed, clothed and housed. This is the way polynesians live.
on March 21,2013 | 02:57PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
foursun - I have to say that though ALL-LIE has little to no endearing qualities and is as dumb as one person should be allowed to become...oh wait! You're talking about Tui! Sorry the part about "can't get a job" threw me.
on March 21,2013 | 04:35PM
bodysurf_ah wrote:
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on March 21,2013 | 04:38PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
bodysurf - it's ALL-LIE don't you recognize it?
on March 21,2013 | 05:04PM
Masami wrote:
Another one.....................Tui, if you didn't do it.......then WHO? You were the only one with the murdered victim in a LOCKED CELL. "DUE PROCESS" defies COMMON SENSE.
on March 21,2013 | 10:19AM
false wrote:
Common sense was something that Tui never acquired form the time he took his first breath and will never have when he takes his last. Piece of garbage. I hope I get pick to be on his jury.
on March 21,2013 | 11:04AM
olos73 wrote:
He pled not guilty for this because at his first hearing he tried to confess that he sexually assaulted Mr. Chung. Wanted to get charged with the lesser crime instead of murder. We'll see...
on March 21,2013 | 11:12AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Sounds like an Agatha Christie mystery to me.
on March 21,2013 | 11:26AM
foursun wrote:
tui knows how to play the system because of the incompetent local judges and prison guards he will be out in a year. This is the way local people live
on March 21,2013 | 02:58PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
foursun/ALL-LIE is the $1.99 subscription nearly over?
on March 21,2013 | 04:40PM
false wrote:
Man, I'm really looking forward to what defense his PD is going to raise. This is going to be one waste of time and money. He's a real screwball who should be eliminated from the face of the earth.
on March 21,2013 | 11:01AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Not guilty. His stink eye did the killing.
on March 21,2013 | 11:09AM
Peacenik wrote:
ugly inside and out. playing the pupule card.
on March 21,2013 | 11:21AM
PokeStop wrote:
What's wrong with his eye? Put him and Teddy Munet together and let's see who survives!
on March 21,2013 | 11:58AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Between the stink eye and Teddy's neck tattoos, I think the stink eye will win.
on March 21,2013 | 12:08PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
What a waste of tax payer money. Casper must have kill Chung. Big loser.
on March 21,2013 | 12:25PM
foursun wrote:
Tahitigirl you are not being very compassionate to one of your kind.
on March 21,2013 | 03:08PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Yikes! ...foursun and racists are the same kind.
on March 21,2013 | 05:36PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
hana foursun and ALL-LIE are the same
on March 21,2013 | 06:37PM
hanalei395 wrote:
I know. "foursun" once forgot and did the ......Yikes!
on March 21,2013 | 07:21PM
Is something wrong with his eye. I don't think he's making like "The Rock". What's with these people trying to ack macho and tough. Realy NUTS!
on March 21,2013 | 02:29PM
foursun wrote:
Typical local career criminal can't get a job so he does what he can to stay in jail so he is fed, clothed and housed. This is the way polynesians live.
on March 21,2013 | 02:56PM
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