Ex-death row inmate wants be tried by judge in Hawaii case

  • This undated photo provided by Daniel Moody shows Isaiah McCoy. McCoy who was on death row in Delaware until being retried and found not guilty is back behind bars in Hawaii less than a year later. McCoy enjoyed the limelight that came with sharing his story after he left death row as an exonerated man. He spoke to innocence projects, anti-death penalty groups and lawyers associations. Now, he’s in a federal detention center in Honolulu, where prosecutors accuse him of sex trafficking. They say McCoy forced young women into prostitution. He says he’s again accused of a crime he didn’t commit. (Daniel Moody via AP)

HONOLULU — A former death row inmate from Delaware now facing sex trafficking charges in Hawaii wants a trial before a judge and not a jury.

Isaiah McCoy made the request Tuesday after the judge said he didn’t present sufficient evidence to dismiss his case.

The judge didn’t immediately rule on his request for a bench trial. McCoy is representing himself in the case, and says he considered using an insanity defense.

McCoy was sentenced to death after a jury found him guilty of murder in Delaware. He was later released from prison after a judge found him not guilty at a retrial.

Less than a year after his release, he was charged with seven counts of sex trafficking. Prosecutors allege he forced, threatened and coerced young women into prostitution in Hawaii.


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