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Marine was in Waikiki with victim, phone detected in Waianae

By William Cole

LAST UPDATED: 05:14 p.m. HST, Sep 25, 2013

A Marine charged with murdering a prostitute is seen in surveillance video meeting the woman in Waikiki, holding hands with her and kissing her in a hotel elevator the last day she was seen alive, officials said.

Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby, 39, later showed up for work at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command with a fresh cut over his eye that he said was the result of a slip in his hotel room in which he hit his head, witnesses said.

The body of 29-year-old Ivanice "Ivy" Harris was found four days later in kiawe brush near Yokohama Bay on the Waianae Coast.

The morning that Harris is believed to have been killed, a cell phone tower picked up a signal from Cosby's recently-purchased pay-as-you go phone sometime after 6 a.m. at a tower located at the farthest residential location on the Waianae Coast, Honolulu police detective Dru Akagi said.

The testimony came during an Article 32 hearing today at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe to determine if Cosby should be court-martialed.

According to Akagi, Cosby could not recall what happened in the two hours he and Harris were together in his Aston Waikiki hotel room.

Initially, he said he woke up, she was not there, he showered and went to work, Akagi said.

Cosby also said he woke up, thought he was late for work, Harris was not there, he struck his head on an entertainment center, and he went back to sleep, the detective said. 

Investigating officer Col. Doug Gardner, a Marine reserve officer and "judge" in the case out of Texas who is a federal prosecutor in drug cartel cases, will make a recommendation to Lt. Gen. Terry Robling, the commander of Marine Corps Forces Pacific.

Three days were reserved for the civilian equivalent to a probable-cause hearing, but the testimony is expected to wrap up Thursday. 

Prosecutor Maj. Doug Hatch said his "theory" in the case is that Cosby "scouted" a "dump location" for Harris' body the morning of May 16, went to work at JPAC, where he was planning for a mission to China, and then he dumped the body after he was released from work that day.

The Alabama man was seen toting a multi-colored Dakine roller suitcase to his rented white Chevy sport utility vehicle in the morning, and then checked out on May 17 with that bag and a smaller roller bag, witnesses said.

His explanation for the bigger bag was that he needed it for gear, and that he had loaded it up with about 70 pounds of clothing, Akagi said.

"It didn't make sense," Akagi said.

Defense attorney Lt. Col. Clay Plummer, who was tasked to represent Cosby by the chief defense counsel of the Marine Corps, asked Akagi if he was aware of any allegations that Harris had stolen a lot of money a day or two before her disappearance.

Akagi said he was not aware of any such allegation.

Plummer also asked about checks for evidence in Cosby's hotel room.

"Nothing was found," Akagi said.  

Cosby, an explosive ordnance disposal specialist, had arrived in Hawaii from his duty station in Iwakuni, Japan, on May 15 for a JPAC mission to China. He was questioned when he returned to Hawaii. The case was subsequently turned over to military prosecutors.

Cosby is charged with unpremeditated murder, obstructing justice and patronizing a prostitute.

Harris, who grew up in Portland but was living in Las Vegas, was in Hawaii with Jillian Gibides and Mark Miles, who was described as their boyfriend and a pimp for both of the "working girls."

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cojef wrote:
The oldest profession has its ups and downs. Sad that after she had enrolled to attend college in order for a change in life-style, be murdered. As for the accused, he has lapse of memory which will is not in his favor.
on September 25,2013 | 11:37AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Memory never lapses, especially for Video. They can try to do a lot of Forensic Tests on the suitcase if it has been recovered, including fingerprints and the tell tale DNA. Also, as I seen in Forensic Files, detectives can try to trace back the suitcase to either the victim or the suspect, including credit card receipts and other surveillance video such as at Wal-Mart. Authorities know all the tricks of the trade, so admit and the sentence will be lighter.
on September 25,2013 | 12:15PM
inverse wrote:
There should be no lighter sentence. For murdering this woman and then trying to hide the fact by dumping her body on the West side and then further denying to investigators of what he had done even though the evidence of the video surveillance combined with his cell phone tracking record is overwhelming. He should spend the rest of his life in jail until he dies. It is completely irrelevant that this woman was an escort. It is this kind of sick murder that Oahu should legalize prostitution and then heavily regulate and control this type of service so that these woman or men are in a protected environment. They need to be test for HIV and STD on regular basis and this can only occur in some isolated area on Oahu away from schools, homes, churches, etc. Just like Nevada where prostitution is legal however prostitution is illegal in the City of Las Vegas (& LV police crack down on this) and guys have to take a shuttle bus ride out of Las Vegas to the 'bunny ranch'. Don't participate in the service but did see this on a Dateline or whatever news story expose.
on September 25,2013 | 02:09PM
Skyler wrote:
Agree. No lighter sentence for this murderer.
on September 25,2013 | 04:02PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The Navy will court martial him, so do they have the death penalty?
on September 25,2013 | 11:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Large suitcase? Seen that several times on Court TV's Forensic Files, narrated by PBS' Nova narrator Peter Thomas, who still is going strong in his mid-eighties with Hanes commercials. omg Peter retire already.
on September 25,2013 | 12:10PM
allie wrote:
on September 25,2013 | 12:10PM
nitpikker wrote:
sorry for the victim but i don't understand why her friends and relatives kept calling her a tourist. it was plain to see that she came as an escort, not as a tourist.
on September 25,2013 | 12:29PM
busterb wrote:
If your gf is a hooker, would you tell the cops that right off the bat? What why am I asking? How many people in the world can answer that one! Sorry nit.
on September 25,2013 | 03:06PM
IAmSane wrote:
That really doesn't matter.
on September 25,2013 | 10:59PM
Shh wrote:
So if he used the large suitcase to carry out her body, then wouldn't that be considered premeditated murder?
on September 25,2013 | 12:53PM
ejkorvette wrote:
There is only one punishment for Murder: DEATH.
on September 25,2013 | 12:56PM
Usagi336 wrote:
Wondering why he had to kill her. Poor girl.
on September 25,2013 | 03:13PM
Pocho wrote:
where's the Big bag?
on September 25,2013 | 03:20PM
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