Sex trafficking case dropped against ex-death row inmate

HONOLULU — Sex trafficking charges in Hawaii have been dismissed against a former death row inmate from Delaware.

U.S. prosecutors dropped a 10-count indictment against Isaiah McCoy. A judge approved the dismissal Tuesday and McCoy walked out of court a free man. He tells The Associated Press he wants to relax and continue being an activist against wrongful convictions.

McCoy was sentenced to death after a jury found him guilty of murder in Delaware. A judge found him not guilty at a retrial.

Less than a year after his release from death row, he was arrested and charged with sex trafficking. Prosecutors alleged he forced, threatened and coerced young women into prostitution in Hawaii.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Hawaii didn’t immediately comment on the dismissal.

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