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  • Witnesses told authorities that Jamal Morris

A McCully man, charged with assault in two separate incidents, got into a fight with another inmate at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, where he is being held awaiting two trials.

Jamal Morris is now being held at the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe awaiting a mental exam.

Toni Schwartz, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman, said Morris got into a fight after he was first sent to the Kalihi prison on May 13.

Morris and the other inmate did not need medical attention outside of the prison, Schwartz said.

No further details about the May 13 incident can be released, she added, because the fight is still under investigation.

On Tuesday, Morris was taken to the Kalihi prison facility after being indicted by an Oahu grand jury on felony attempted assault for allegedly trying to gouge out the eye of Maseeh Ganali, a 29-year-old University of Hawaii graduate student, on May 15.

Ganjali told the Star-Advertiser last week that Morris tried to take out his right eye and repeatedly bit and hit him on the face. “He was shouting; calling me the anti-Christ. Cursing me out loud.”

At a Tuesday District Court hearing, Morris’ defense lawyer was granted a motion for a mental examination and Morris was transferred to the state psychiatric hospital at Kaneohe today. The case for the May 15 assault attack was continued until June 21.

Also put on hold until the mental examination is completed was a second-degree terroristic threatening charge that Morris allegedly doused a fellow 37-year-old Muslim man with a flammable fluid, who he allegedly then tried light on fire at a McCully restaurant May 11. Morris was scheduled to be in Honolulu District Court on May 15 for arraignment on charges of second-degree terroristic threatening when he allegedly attacked Ganjali.

Morris was sent to OCCC on May 13 after he was charged in the McCully restaurant incident. However, on May 14, he posted $2,000 bail and was released. A day later, he allegedly attacked Ganjali. His bail for the latest incident has been set at $100,000.

Ganjali said Morris has been threatening members of the Muslim community, most of whom are members of a mosque in Manoa Valley.

Hakim Oansafi, Hawaii Muslim Association president, filed for a temporary restraining order Tuesday against Morris. Oansafi is also the executive director of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.

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