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Man charged with murdering fellow inmate at OCCC

Victim died of head injuries, medical examiner says

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 01:14 a.m. HST, Mar 12, 2013

City prosecutors charged a 22-year-old prison detainee with first-degree murder in the beating death of another inmate at Oahu Community Correctional Center on Saturday.

Joseph Tui Jr. will make his initial appearance in District Court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. His bail was set at $250,000.

The Medical Examiner's Office said the 76-year-old victim, whose name is being withheld until his relatives are informed of his death, died of head injuries caused by “blunt force trauma.”

The death was ruled a homicide.

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

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

The 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 misbehave. 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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pandadaddy wrote:
Dr. Evil? What's up with the goofy mugshot?
on March 11,2013 | 05:45PM
djxcmb808 wrote:
Cause he think he da Rock LOL
on March 11,2013 | 05:57PM
808warriorfan wrote:
on March 11,2013 | 06:14PM
stogie002 wrote:
Yah, hope he gets his when he's in Halawa. I hope some gorilla sized con sets him his girlfriend.
on March 11,2013 | 08:23PM
stogie002 wrote:
I hope this clown with the deranged look on his face gets locked up for a very very VERY long time! How can this clown beat up on someone that's old enough to be his grand-father?
on March 11,2013 | 08:20PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Imagine a guy like this, walking up to you, with his stink eye.
on March 11,2013 | 10:37PM
niimi wrote:
The likelihood seems to increase on-island as one drives to the West.
on March 11,2013 | 11:05PM
niimi wrote:
To scare the kids so they don't wanna go to jail.
on March 11,2013 | 11:03PM
Anonymous wrote:
Violent inmate put in with a 76 yo senior citizen. What a shame.
on March 11,2013 | 06:08PM
jusjoking wrote:
Ever seen an unkown dogs face right before it bites? This guy's face is the same look. Too bad, got movie bad guy down pat, now forever wasted in prison. Orrr, maybe out in three........
on March 11,2013 | 06:20PM
ratherred wrote:
Did he take him out with The People's Elbow?
on March 11,2013 | 06:20PM
Tony96822 wrote:
22 yrs old and he's been in trouble since 2000? Somehow either the math is wrong or someone should have known he had problems way back?
on March 11,2013 | 06:42PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Yesterday they said he was 32 years old.
on March 11,2013 | 06:45PM
This guy is trying to look tough like the "Rock", actually, should be "peeble". Why is he making his eye like that? Beat up a 76 year old guy, like 'wow".
on March 11,2013 | 07:13PM
kumasachi wrote:
Free room and boad for ever!!!!!
on March 11,2013 | 07:34PM
likewise wrote:
It takes an exceptionally low IQ score to try and make goofy photo booth faces during a mug shot session. "Okay next time cross your eyes and stick your tongue out!" His family must be so proud.
on March 11,2013 | 07:36PM
nippy68 wrote:
now i know why the three guards assaulted tui. its a shame sakai dismissed the guards.
on March 11,2013 | 07:40PM
pizza wrote:
Disgusting creature Tui...
on March 11,2013 | 07:56PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
he learned dat pose from house majority leader tom delay.
on March 11,2013 | 08:14PM
Slow wrote:
Why was this nutcase with a 76 year old? Another failure by our corrections people, this time a fatal one.
on March 11,2013 | 08:53PM
Anonymous wrote:
Time to bring back capital punishment
on March 11,2013 | 08:55PM
Villyboy wrote:
By looking at this clown, I believe they need to reinstate those 3 fired correctional officers and give them back pay.
on March 11,2013 | 09:14PM
South76 wrote:
Criminals like him need to be forced medicated without interference from ACLU. The reason why criminals are in prison is that they can not control their behavior or have no insight to their behavior and the consequence of those behavior. They are a danger to law abiding society and as such need to be medicated to control their behavior.
on March 11,2013 | 10:08PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
HIs "scary" face is all an act so he can get into mental hospital instead of Halawa. And our judges will buy it. Watch.
on March 11,2013 | 10:59PM
inverse wrote:
So why is Espero and others so hard pressed to move back all Hawaii prisoners incarcerated on the mainland back to Hawaii. After this this murder this guy has to be sentenced to a life term and it should be in mainland prison. Fot the worst of Hawaii's prison inmates they should be housed on the mainland and let them fend for themselves against the other mainland inmates. Are we supposed to feel sorry for this guy and worry he is not close hia family that lives in Hawaii? Also it is clear he haa no respect for Hawaii correctional officers and that is why 3 of them decided to give them a tune up. Next time do that off camera. Also guarantee if Tui remains in Hawaii, he will try to escape if given the chance, and with OCCC staff, that would not be too hard, and would hurt or 'gas' an OCCC guard if given the chance. Send Tui to a mainland prison and throw away the key before he murders anothers prisoner or possibly a guard in Hawaii
on March 12,2013 | 04:35AM
sailfish1 wrote:
And who at OCCC is going to be charged with negligence for housing this 22 year old murderer with the 76 year old victim in a one-man cell? Now the state is probably going to be hit by a huge lawsuit by the 76 year old man's relatives for wrongful death in a state facility.
on March 12,2013 | 08:53AM
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