Isiah McCoy has been charged with sex trafficking.
HONOLULU (AP) — 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.
This undated file booking photo released by the Honolulu Police Department shows Isaiah McCoy.
HPD via AP
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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