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Marine facing murder charges in Oregon woman's death

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2013

A 38 year-old Marine has been charged with the murder of a prostitute in May on Oahu.

Master Sgt. Nathaniel L. Cosby was charged with the unpremeditated murder of  Ivanice "Ivy" Harris. He also faces charges of murder while engaging in an inherently dangerous act, voluntary manslaughter, obstructing justice, and patronizing a prostitute.

Cosby will go before an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing on Sept. 25 at Kaneohe's Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Cosby, who was assigned to a Marine Corps unit in Okinawa, was reassigned to Camp Smith when the case was transferred to the military.

The purpose of the Article 32 hearing is to determine if Cosby will face a court martial on the murder and other charges.

Harris was last seen outside a Waikiki bar at 2:15 a.m. May 16, police said. Her body was found four days later on the Leeward Coast.

Cosby was arrested June 3 at Honolulu Airport by Honolulu detectives. Cosby was seen on surveillance video entering a Waikiki hotel with Harris.

Cosby, of Jefferson, Ala., was released June 7 while the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office investigated Harris' cause of death which was later determined to be   homicide. The cause of Harris' death was injury to her neck. An autopsy also found the presence of marijuana in her system.

On June 23, the Marines and city prosecutor's office said the military would take over the investigation of the case. 

Cosby, an explosive-ordnance disposal specialist who was in Hawaii on temporary duty, was administratively transferred to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, at Camp Smith during the criminal investigation.

Navy officials said that while in Hawaii on temporary duty, Cosby was assigned to Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command at Hickam.

Cosby enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1998. He was stationed at Iwa-kuni Marine Corps Air Station in Japan, where he is assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-171, which is a part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

Harris worked as an escort. She grew up in Portland, Ore., and was living in Las Vegas. Harris was vacationing in Hawaii with her boyfriend and a friend to celebrate her 29th birthday.

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ejkorvette wrote:
on September 23,2013 | 01:07PM
lokela wrote:
To the gallows go the perp...
on September 23,2013 | 01:28PM
allie wrote:
on September 23,2013 | 01:29PM
aomohoa wrote:
Your favorite world besides HON.
on September 23,2013 | 04:01PM
allie wrote:
but so much out here is scary....
on September 23,2013 | 04:20PM
foursun wrote:
all-lies that's because you lack the ability to discern reality from falsehood so you see danger in everything, that's also why you lie so much. You are so obviously ignorant that you find danger in the most mundane things like flushable baby wipes, toilet paper, deodorant soap, showers and flush toilets. You know, stuff you never saw or used back in North Dakota.
on September 24,2013 | 02:44AM
Actually, the faviorites are: YIKES!, Scary, agree, and anything else derogatory about UH Athletics!!
on September 23,2013 | 05:27PM
Tony96822 wrote:
Chances are this is not the first time he did this. Better check "missing persons" in Okinawa.
on September 23,2013 | 02:17PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on September 23,2013 | 02:42PM
allie wrote:
on September 23,2013 | 04:20PM
Upperkula wrote:
My thoughts exactly.
on September 23,2013 | 08:18PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
What exactly is "murder while engaging in an inherently dangerous act"?
on September 23,2013 | 02:49PM
2NDC wrote:
Hiring a prostitute is considered "inherently dangerous" by the military.
on September 23,2013 | 03:33PM
SteveToo wrote:
Stand him beside that Muslim Officer Hasan or whatever his name is and shoot the two of them.
on September 23,2013 | 02:59PM
Anonymous wrote:
All Hassan is guilty of is "workplace violence".
on September 23,2013 | 04:44PM
mishtah wrote:
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on September 23,2013 | 04:39PM
Anonymous wrote:
And what, hotshot, you know something the rest of us don't? What excuse could Cosby possibly come up with to justify her murder?
on September 23,2013 | 04:46PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT Anonymous, innocent until proven guilty.
on September 23,2013 | 05:27PM
sailfish1 wrote:
There is nothing in the article that says he murdered her. No confession or evidence. What do you know about the case that is not in the article?
on September 23,2013 | 07:56PM
foursun wrote:
Anonymous you're really sounding like all-lies. The guy is ACCUSED and being accused is NOT the same as having done the crime. That's what due process is for. If he in fact did the deed his reasons may make perfect sense to him but probably will not to everyone else. So why fry him and wildly speculate before the facts are made known?
on September 24,2013 | 03:25AM
312guy wrote:
yikes does innocent until proven guilty really have merit in this forum! hmmm
on September 23,2013 | 06:32PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
Sounds like a good candidate for Hope Probation.
on September 23,2013 | 11:02PM
MexMe wrote:
I am a bit confused. The victim was an escort from Vegas who was in Hawai'i celebrating her birthday with her boyfriend WHILE working as a prostitute? What? This story is a mess.
on September 24,2013 | 01:54AM
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