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Medical examiner defers cause of Halawa inmate's death

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:05 p.m. HST, Jun 21, 2013

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office has deferred a determination of the cause of death of a 35-year-old Halawa Correctional Facility inmate who died Thursday morning.

However, a Department of Public Safety official said prison officials do not suspect foul play or suicide.

Donovan Valdez was found unresponsive in his cell and was taken to Pali Momi Medical Center, where he died at 7:07 a.m.

He was serving time for parole violation and terroristic threatening.

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Anonymous wrote:
The state saving money on this issue ??
on June 21,2013 | 09:06AM
Grimbold wrote:
We save Money, but prisons should be safer.
on June 21,2013 | 07:04PM
false wrote:
The way some of these guys are dropping you'd think there is a problem with our corrections department. On the other side of things Hawaii may not need a death penalty. Just entering a facility may be enough. State gets sued again.
on June 21,2013 | 09:25AM
scooters wrote:
Cha-ching..saved the tax payers some $$$$$$
on June 21,2013 | 01:11PM
cojef wrote:
Think in Japan it is ka-chin when cash register is closed. Maybe in Chinatown, cha-ching?
on June 21,2013 | 02:28PM
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