HONOLULU (AP) - A 32-year-old man serving a misdemeanor sentence at an Oahu jail has been arrested on suspicion of killing a cellmate more than four decades his senior in an area for misbehaving inmates, authorities said Sunday.
Joseph Tui Jr. was under arrest after the Saturday killing at Oahu Community Correctional Center, Hawaii public safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz said.
It is not clear whether a fight broke out or Tui simply assaulted the 76-year-old man, whose name has not been released because coroner's officials had not yet notified relatives, Schwartz said.
The men were in a cell in the jail's special holdings area for inmates who had violated rules - Tui for threatening staff, the other man for having cigarettes, Schwartz said.
Both men had been in the jail before. Tui has had several convictions, all of them misdemeanors, and was serving a short sentence for assault, Schwartz said. The victim was awaiting trial for second-degree robbery.
Guards were doing a head count Saturday afternoon when they heard a commotion from the second floor and arrived to find the 76-year-old with extensive head wounds, Schwartz said.
Health workers performed CPR on him until he was taken to The Queen's Medical Center, where he was declared dead about two hours after the attack.
Tui was arrested by the Honolulu Police Department and treated for minor injuries to his wrist and knee, Schwartz said.