Death row exoneree facing robbery charges is arrested for trying to leave state

Updated: Oct. 9, 2019 at 5:51 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former death row inmate Isaiah McCoy has been arrested in Honolulu ― again ― and prosecutors now plan to ask a judge to revoke his bail.

State deputy sheriffs took McCoy into custody Tuesday morning for violating the terms of his release after trying to leave the state without getting permission to do so.

He was transferred to OCCC.

McCoy is charged in a Waikiki robbery that happened last month.

He posted bail in that case on Sept. 18.

He also faced federal charges for a sex trafficking ring, but those charges were eventually dismissed after apparent misconduct by prosecutors and law enforcement.

McCoy was exonerated for murder in Delaware in 2016.

When McCoy was being transferred to OCCC on Tuesday morning, he smiled and waved to HNN’s cameras and claimed he was a “political prisoner.”

“I can’t fly out,” he said before comparing himself to Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela. “Power to the people" was the last thing he said before getting into a waiting patrol car.

The city Prosecutor’s Office is now asking a state judge to revoke McCoy’s bail or increase it.

Retired federal agent Tommy Aiu said revoking his bail depends on McCoy’s travel plans.

“If he can show, the defendant can show, that he had a round trip ticket, that he had an engagement to attend to and come back for, then that may be difficult," Aiu said.

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