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Man found guilty in 1996 Waikiki murder case

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:42 p.m. HST, Jun 26, 2013

A man who confessed to killing a visiting university professor 12 years after the event is guilty of murder.

A state judge found Jason Lee McCormick guilty of murder this afternoon in the July 1996 slaying of Robert T. Henderson.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkins presided over McCormick’s non-jury trial last year and rendered his verdict this afternoon.

McCormick, 40, faces a mandatory life prison term with the possibility for parole at sentencing in September. 

Police found Henderson’s nude, decomposing body in his rented Waikiki apartment. On the body, written in ink, were the words, “I rape young boys so I must die.” Police also found a pen stuck into the back of one of Henderson’s legs.

Henderson, 51, a University of Pittsburgh professor, was on Oahu to attend some summer seminars at University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Authorities had no suspects in the case until 2008, when McCormick confessed to the killing while in the Queen’s Medical Center’s Kekela Ward for psychiatric patients. After his hospital discharge McCormick went to Honolulu Police Department Headquarters to confess again because he didn’t think police believed him the first time.

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allie wrote:
very sad bit I am glad this crime was finally solved.
on June 26,2013 | 01:56PM
timofern wrote:
Weird. Another psycho with a defense attorney to again try to beat his guilt by invoking NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY plea.
on June 26,2013 | 02:13PM
HD36 wrote:
Sounds like the Prof tried some stuff on the young man who murdered him. Guy can't find a job, homeless, figures jail is alot easier.
on June 26,2013 | 03:05PM
iwanaknow wrote:
3 hot meals and a cot.................................and we taxpayers foot da bills.
on June 26,2013 | 04:25PM
cojef wrote:
Also better than panhandling the tourists or locals.
on June 26,2013 | 05:55PM
Slow wrote:
I wish you "get tough on crime" advocates would stop dancing around your clear wish. No trials. No wimpy juries. We simply arrwst some one, usually by their race and conduct public executions. Cheap and fun for locals and visitors alike.
on June 27,2013 | 07:11AM
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