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    Details on the arrest

    Ex-death row inmate accused of sex trafficking

    By Craig Anderson
    Delaware State News

    DOVER — A former Delaware death row inmate later exonerated has been arrested in Hawaii on prostitution-related charges, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

    Isaiah Otis Wilmont McCoy, 28, was arrested by Honolulu Police on Jan. 3 and charged with two counts of promoting prostitution and a count of criminal contempt.

    In a separate case on Jan. 4, Mr. McCoy was indicted federally for sex trafficking by force, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Larry Tong said. Authorities alleged that he forced an adult female in for prostitution between Dec. 22-26. Another suspect — 35-year-old Tawana Roberts — was also charged in the case

    Mr. McCoy was arrested on Jan. 5 and made an initial appearance for arraignment in federal court, Mr. Tong said. He was held in custody and is scheduled for a detention hearing today.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a trial is scheduled for March 6.

    Honolulu Police arrested Mr. McCoy and Ms. Roberts in the area of Ala Moana at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Waikiki, according to an official log posted online.

    After being found not guilty of murder in Delaware following a second trial on Jan. 19, Mr. McCoy moved to Hawaii where family lived.

    He was initially convicted of shooting Salisbury, Maryland resident James Munford to death in a Rodney Village Parking lot on May 4, 2010.

    He was found guilty by a jury in Kent County Superior Court on June 29, 2012 and sentenced to death in October 2012. Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. officiated the proceedings.

    The alleged incident was portrayed as a drug deal turned fatally violent at trial by the prosecution.

    The first verdict was overturned by the Delaware Supreme Court on Jan. 20, 2015 due to alleged prosecutorial misconduct and court errors.

    The case was sent the case back to Delaware Superior Court for a retrial, where Judge Robert B. Young rendered a not guilty verdict.

    On Aug. 2, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court found the state’s death penalty statute unconstitutional.

    Mr. McCoy was found not guilty in a second trial.

    He spent over six years and eight months in prison, and was initially sentenced to death.

    On July 28, Mr. McCoy filed a 56-page civil complaint against several past and present Delaware Department of Justice, Department of Correction, and Delaware State Police staff.
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    But wait there's even more

    Feds: Death row exoneree wanted to build prostitution empire

    By Allyson Blair
    Hawaii News

    Federal investigators say a man who once spent time on Delaware's death row came to Hawaii intending to develop a major prostitution ring — and that he threatened, beat and raped women to force them to cooperate.

    On Wednesday, Isaiah McCoy and his wife, Tawana Roberts, appeared briefly before a judge.

    McCoy is charged with one count of human trafficking, and Roberts, a Schofield Barracks soldier, is charged with helping her husband recruit women.

    In court documents obtained by Hawaii News Now, authorities argued it's imperative that McCoy stays in jail while awaiting trial because he's demonstrated a credible intent to continue committing crimes.

    Evidence submitted by prosecutors shows McCoy in a Facebook Live video posted in September 2017 driving around Oahu, in the company of accused murderer named Jordan Smith, with what appears to be drugs and handgun in the back seat.

    It's in that video that federal authorities say McCoy "alludes to a prostitution ring he set up in Waikiki" and "appears to suggest an intent to recruit more girls for his business."

    In a portion of the video that was obtained by Hawaii News Now, McCoy himself addresses the camera, saying: " Waikiki man, rich n****s out here, you feel me? Y'all n****s don't be seeing me on social media because I've been hiding. I got too much money, you feel me?"

    The 17-page motion also details police interviews with two women who say McCoy coerced them into prostitution. The women allege they were held captive in a hotel room and suffered beatings and rapes by McCoy, though he has not been charged with any crime related to those accusations.

    "I think that's where the government falls a little short," said attorney Victor Bakke.

    Despite the allegations, Bakke says federal investigators might be in for a difficult time convincing a judge to keep McCoy in jail until trial.

    "Because they're talking a lot about these other victims, but they haven't come forward officially. There's been no other charges filed, and the government is basically saying 'Well we think he's doing this stuff. He used to be in a gang. He has this past,'" said Bakke. "But they don't really have much on him as far as the dangerousness issue."

    McCoy left the courtroom smiling after his case was continued until next week, keeping up the confident attitude he showed to Hawaii News Now in interviews conducted prior his latest arrest.

    According to court documents, McCoy denies being involved in any sex trafficking — though when asked about the women who called him their pimp, McCoy told police he was their manager, adding the women paid him for protection and a place to stay.

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    The video that he posted onto Facebook is exactly what I thought that a gang banger that got out of jail prematurely would act like.

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    McCoy held without bail in Hawaii jail

    By Craig Anderson
    The Delaware State News

    DOVER — A former Delaware death row inmate remains detained in Hawaii after his recent arrest for alleged sex-related human trafficking by force.

    Isaiah W. “Zeus” McCoy, 28, entered a not guilty plea in federal court after being accused of operating a prostitution enterprise in Waikiki from Dec. 22-26, 2017.

    He’s also facing similar charges entered by the Honolulu Police Department in a separate case.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a 17-page request to hold Mr. McCoy without bail due to the seriousness of the charge, his criminal history, the potential to commit violence and intimidation against possible witnesses and his connections to the mainland.

    There’s no reasonable assurance that Mr. McCoy will return to court if released, the motion argued.

    Mr. McCoy and co-defendant Tawana Roberts (described as husband and wife living on a United States Army base) had their hearing postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 17, authorities said.

    A trial is scheduled for March 6.

    As investigation continues, the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicated more charges are likely due to other adult women described as “victims” of the alleged operation.

    After receiving a death sentence for the supposed shooting death of a Maryland man in a Rodney Village parking lot in May 2010, the Delaware Supreme Court vacated the verdict due to prosecutorial misconduct and court errors and ordered a new trial.

    Mr. McCoy was found not guilty of murder in a second trial and freed from prison in January 2017 after nearly seven years incarceration.

    Mr. McCoy filed a 56-page civil lawsuit against several past and present Delaware Department of Justice, Department of Correction and Delaware State Police for issues connected to his original conviction that was overturned.

    Relocating to Hawaii

    Following his release, Mr. McCoy moved to Hawaii to be with family. Prosecutors claimed he hasn’t been legally employed since arriving and “has not been shy about posting to the public his intent to establish criminal activities with his associates in Waikiki.”

    The U.S. Attorney presented a Facebook video post from early September 2017 it claimed showed Mr. McCoy in a vehicle with three associates and what appears to be a bag of marijuana and a black handgun in a passenger’s lap.

    Prosecutors alleged that Mr. McCoy alluded to “prostitution and human trafficking businesses he set up in Waikiki, and appears to suggest an intent to recruit more girls for his business.”

    Complaints against Mr. McCoy received by the Honolulu PD in the summer of 2017 were also referenced.

    Police were told by supposedly frightened adult women that McCoy “had been ‘pimping’ them and used coercion and violence to keep them under his employ.”

    After arrest on the federal charge on Jan. 4, authorities said Mr. McCoy waived his Miranda rights in writing and spoke with investigators for roughly 2 1/2 hours.

    While he denied sex trafficking, the U.S. Attorney said he did explain “to law enforcement that he has a long criminal history and is a legend.”

    Mr. McCoy supposedly touted himself for self-representation in Delaware that earned a not guilty verdict and subsequent freedom from a death sentence and said “You’re talking to the youngest death row exoneree in the world.”

    His lengthy stay in solitary confinement in Delaware’s prison system caused post-traumatic stress disorder and mental issues, Mr. McCoy supposedly told investigators and caused him to sometimes “snap.”

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    Update: Freed death row inmate-turned-speaker is back behind bars in Hawaii

    By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
    Associated Press

    Isaiah McCoy walked out of a Delaware prison a free man in January 2017, five years after being convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

    A judge found him not guilty at a retrial, and McCoy soon began enjoying the limelight that came with his exoneration. He reveled in speaking engagements before lawyers associations and anti-death penalty groups.

    “People were loving my story,” McCoy said.

    But in less than a year, he went from death row in Delaware to giving speeches about wrongful convictions to back behind bars.

    Now, he’s in a detention center in Hawaii, where he is charged with seven counts of sex trafficking.

    He told The Associated Press from the Honolulu Federal Detention Center he’s again accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and he’ll use his knowledge of the law — learned during years of incarceration — to represent himself at his upcoming trial.

    Prosecutors aren’t impressed. They say McCoy became a pimp after moving to Hawaii and that he threatened and coerced young women into prostitution. They call his arguments for dropping the charges, including vindictive prosecution, “conclusory and baseless.”

    A Tuesday hearing is scheduled on McCoy’s motion to dismiss the case.

    McCoy traces his criminal history to a tender age, 7 or 8, when he began dealing drugs, which led to gang membership.

    But after years landing in and out prisons and jails, he seemed to have some direction and hope when he was released from death row. He was able to hug his daughter — conceived right before he went to prison — for the first time.

    McCoy’s exoneration also thrust him into a spotlight he always craved, and he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

    “He’s a powerful speaker,” said Magdaleno “Leno” Rose-Avila, executive director of Witness to Innocence, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that opposes the death penalty. “He’s especially powerful with youth.”

    While McCoy was in L.A., a University of Hawaii law student contacted him about speaking at a criminal justice reform rally she organized at the state Capitol. McCoy thought it would be a good opportunity to visit his mother and siblings who had moved to Hawaii.

    McCoy sounded well-spoken and sincere at the April 2017 Hawaii speaking engagement, said Kenneth Lawson, co-director of the Hawaii Innocence Project, who also spoke at the rally. “He has the ability to capture people’s attention.”

    McCoy decided to stay in Hawaii after spending time with his four nieces.

    “Everything in his life was hitting on all cylinders,” said one of his brothers, Daniel Moody. “He didn’t have any plans for anything negative.”

    By September, McCoy was in the news. He spoke to a Honolulu TV news station after a friend was arrested and charged with a fatal Waikiki shooting. McCoy, who was not a suspect in the case, told Hawaii News Now police targeted Jordan Smith because he’s black. McCoy said he brought Smith, the brother of a childhood friend, to Hawaii from Delaware for a fresh start.

    While working as a security guard for a Waikiki hotel in an area of the tourist mecca known for prostitution, McCoy started dating a woman who he says worked as a stripper and prostitute. He could relate to her, and she wasn’t judgmental about his time behind bars.

    He said the woman is one of the seven alleged victims in the indictment against him.

    McCoy said he and the woman had a falling out, and she went to Honolulu’s Susannah Wesley Community Center — a nonprofit human services association that helps trafficking victims — and lied about being afraid of McCoy in exchange for a plane ticket out of Hawaii. The other alleged victims did the same, he said.

    “All of these females were prostitutes before I met them,” McCoy said. “Why would I have to force someone to do what they’re already doing?”

    The center’s executive director, Ronald Higashi, declined to comment on McCoy’s claims.

    Prosecutors say McCoy is so dangerous to his victims that they’ve gone to great lengths to ensure their names are not released.

    McCoy’s Army soldier wife, Tawana Roberts, is a co-defendant in the federal case. They wed six days after meeting at a Honolulu nightclub. She has pleaded not guilty and hasn’t responded to a request for an interview in the same detention center where her husband is held.

    Roberts is charged with prostitution in a separate case in state court. According to police documents in that case, McCoy was actively pimping in Hawaii since December 2017.

    In January, authorities conducted a sting involving an undercover officer with a pretend foot fetish who set up a meeting in a Waikiki hotel room. Roberts and another woman who showed up with her were arrested.

    The next day, a federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment charging McCoy and Roberts with one count of sex trafficking. Another indictment later added six more counts.

    McCoy will represent himself at his trial, scheduled for July, with a court-appointed lawyer standing by as needed. McCoy represented himself during his initial murder trial.

    He boasts of his courtroom prowess at that trial: “I’m impeaching witnesses at every turn. I’m asking excellent questions. I gave wonderful closing arguments.”

    He gets louder and more animated reminiscing about his performance: “I’m thinking, ‘I got this.’”

    The jury found him guilty.

    “Being on the streets, I learned to be numb to a situation. You become emotionally unattached,” McCoy said. “It wasn’t me. It was my client this was happening to.”

    Moody said McCoy’s family is confident he will successfully fight the new charges.

    The lawyers who represented McCoy in an appeal and at his retrial sent letters supporting him in the Hawaii case. So did Philip Primason, a private investigator who worked on his Delaware defense team.

    “He wanted to become a public speaker and advocate, educating the public about the incarceration crisis, the enormous public risks of the death penalty and to advocate for innocence,” Primason wrote. “I was very pleased to see this become a reality.”
    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    “There are some people who just do not deserve to live,”
    - Rev. Richard Hawke

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