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Inmate found dead at OCCC

Davis is the third Hawaii inmate to die in the past month

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 03:22 p.m. HST, May 08, 2013

The Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy today to determine how Mark Davis Jr., acquitted in the shocking rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl nearly a decade ago, died Tuesday while awaiting trial for assaulting a mental health worker.

Davis was the third prison death in a month.

Davis, 25, was found dead in his cell at the Oahu Community Correctional Center by health workers making their rounds at 4:35 p.m. He was alone at the time of his death, officials said.

There are no obvious signs of foul play or suicide at this time, said Toni Schwartz, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman,

The case is classified as an unattended death, pending the results of the autopsy.

Davis was pronounced dead at 5:13 p.m. after attempts to revive him failed, Schwartz said.

When he was 14, Davis was acquitted of raping and beating Kauilani Tadeo near her family's Puna home on Sept. 27, 2001. She died from a blow to her head.

Prosecutors said Davis admitted that the police investigation proved he sexually assaulted and killed the girl. But mental health experts had diagnosed Davis as suffering from mental problems that included mild to moderate mental retardation, intermittent explosive disorder and antisocial personality disorder. In 2005, he was acquitted of the murder and rape charges by reason of insanity and committed to the state hospital.

While at the Kaneohe hospital, Davis escaped for a couple of hours in May 2011 before he was found in a canal near a shopping center at Temple Valley. Davis was charged with escape but was acquitted by reason of insanity and returned to the hospital.

Davis was at the Kalihi prison facility awaiting trial for assaulting a Kaneohe staff member.

Davis’ death comes nearly two weeks after prison authorities said Ikaika Andrade committed suicide April 29, while being held at OCCC.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office said Andrade’s death was caused by asphyxia due to suicidal hanging.

Andrade, an 18-year-old Waianae High School student, admitted stabbing another student during a fight on campus in January. 

Andrade was slated to be sentenced on May 8 by Circuit Judge Colette Garibaldi after pleading no contest to second-degree assault. He faced a maximum punishment of five years in jail.

On April 8, Darius Puni-Mau also killed himself while at the Halawa Correctional Facility.

In October, Puni-Mau escaped from state custody while at Circuit Court. He was free for a day.

Puni-Mau was at Circuit Court for a probation revocation hearing.

"I am emphasizing to our staff that we have a crisis on our hands," Public Safety Director Ted Sakai wrote in an email to state Sen. Will Espero. Operations and health care staff were meeting Wednesday to review policies and programs for the mentally ill at OCCC, Sakai wrote in the email, provided by Espero.

Espero, who is chairman of the senate public safety committee, said he wants the state attorney general's office to conduct an evaluation and review of conditions and the environment at OCCC. He said he's concerned about "the fact that these are individuals under state custody and we're responsible for them," and "the fact that we've had three of them in two months."


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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cojef wrote:
Is there a serial killer at OCCC! Of course, the aricle did not indicate how this prisoner died.
on May 8,2013 | 09:47AM
313invegas wrote:
They don't know how he died. He was alone and there were no obvious signs of suicide or murder. Good riddance save the tax payers money
on May 8,2013 | 12:20PM
scooters wrote:
Agree with you..
on May 8,2013 | 08:46PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
The article did not indicate how he died because it is pending an autopsy. First paragraph.
on May 8,2013 | 12:39PM
yrusodz wrote:
yeah, allie sent him a picture signed "awaiting your release my hon, xoxoxo". I guess his response was unexpected?
on May 8,2013 | 06:13PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Nope - just a true civil servant providing a public service.
on May 8,2013 | 06:45PM
Morimoto wrote:
Maybe he finally regained his sanity and realized what a waste of life he really was. Then he decided to stop breathing.
on May 8,2013 | 10:00AM
pizza wrote:
Hebrews 9:27 ..."And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment"
on May 8,2013 | 10:23AM
juscasting wrote:
Justcasting 1:69 " And the hand of God will lay final judgement upon you for your evils, despite the disposition made in the court of law of Man animals." Jus made it up!
on May 8,2013 | 03:02PM
false wrote:
Something is happening at OCCC.
on May 8,2013 | 10:54AM
Musubi wrote:
No skin off our backs if the trash is being disposed.
on May 8,2013 | 07:10PM
yrusodz wrote:
...something wonderful?
on May 8,2013 | 09:18PM
myviewofthings wrote:
public service
on May 8,2013 | 10:55AM
bluespop wrote:
Finally, karma.
on May 8,2013 | 11:03AM
Skyler wrote:
Glad he's no longer amongst the breathing. Who cares how he died? He deserved the death penalty for his heinous crime against that poor girl.
on May 8,2013 | 11:11AM
pandadaddy wrote:
Sometimes, things work out for the better in the end.
on May 8,2013 | 11:14AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Another one bites the dust....
on May 8,2013 | 11:39AM
p3fe8251 wrote:
Good riddance. Saved the state a ton of money.
on May 8,2013 | 12:06PM
steveoctober wrote:
Finally, some good news around here and superb news for taxpayers. Scum like this doesn't deserve a penny of my hard earned money.
on May 8,2013 | 12:38PM
dlum003 wrote:
Are we suppossed to feel sorry or concerned for this animal? ggod bye.
on May 8,2013 | 01:35PM
aomohoa wrote:
Good riddens!
on May 8,2013 | 04:09PM
BigErn wrote:
What does All-Lie think?
on May 8,2013 | 02:19PM
localguy wrote:
on May 8,2013 | 02:26PM
yrusodz wrote:
Ern - all-lie doesn't think...he just farts through the wrong orifice.
on May 8,2013 | 09:20PM
Anonymous wrote:
AWESOME...now the taxpayers won't have to pay for his housing, meals, medical, and dental care
on May 8,2013 | 03:00PM
aomohoa wrote:
Am I suppose to feel about about this guy? Because I don't.
on May 8,2013 | 04:08PM
ponowai wrote:
No loss, who's next?
on May 8,2013 | 04:30PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
When is the party?
on May 8,2013 | 05:50PM
ejkorvette wrote:
For the family of the slain girl, bless your hearts and soul. I hope you have closure in your own special way, and this closure was at your own special and personal time. Let not this incident bring you any joy. For our Creator's ways are not for us to understand. Kauilani Tadeo is a Angel in Heaven, with our Father, and her time on Earth was your blessing. God Bless you always and in all ways.
on May 8,2013 | 06:04PM
HD36 wrote:
What do you excpect? The cells are meant to hold 2 inmates but due to overcrowding they stuff 3 inside. One guy has to sleep on the floor next to the toilet. Guards tell me they are undermanned and let fights go on untill one guy gets knocked unconcious. The inmates often stab eachother in the neck with toothbrushes sharpened to a point. Gangs of prisoners routinely rape and beat the younger ones up.
on May 8,2013 | 06:14PM
Skyler wrote:
He was alone in his cell.
on May 8,2013 | 06:23PM
HD36 wrote:
The are allowed out to eat, shower and excercise, perhaps he stayed inside.
on May 8,2013 | 08:59PM
lokela wrote:
What goes around comes around.
on May 8,2013 | 06:54PM
I have no mercy for guys that rape anyone. They don't even know that they ruin the female life forever. Just for a few seconds of pleasure. How nuts are these guys? And I don't care how old they are, YOU DO THE CRIME, YOU DO THE TIME. Parents or friends should have taught him better. I don't want my tax money to support them in jail.
on May 8,2013 | 06:59PM
Musubi wrote:
Oh well! The world just became a slightly better place.
on May 8,2013 | 07:09PM
Hawaiians wrote:
Bring the death penalty to Hawaii, and watch the murders crime drop. I don't want my tax money to support low-life like this in jail.
on May 8,2013 | 08:04PM
LadyNinja wrote:
I don't understand this....why spend more taxpayer $$ to do a study? Common, this low life decided to end his life on his own, no one forced him. I have no sympathy.
on May 8,2013 | 07:27PM
RKC808 wrote:
He did society .a favor. Go straight to hell Davis.
on May 8,2013 | 08:36PM
hikine wrote:
The Grim Reaper at his best. Thank you.
on May 8,2013 | 10:41PM
my_opinion_only wrote:
Good riddance. Rot in hell. Kauilani? We miss you.
on May 9,2013 | 09:01AM
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