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Marine faces court martial for death of woman in Waikiki

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:21 p.m. HST, Oct 25, 2013

A Marine will face a general court martial for the alleged murder of Ivanice "Ivy" Harris in Waikiki on May 16, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

Master Sgt. Nathanial Cosby, 39, will be arraigned on Nov. 21 on charges of unpremeditated murder, voluntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice and patronizing a prostitute.

Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, made the decision to refer charges against Cosby after an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing in September, according to a Marine Corps. news release.

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, 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.

He is being held at the Pearl Harbor brig.

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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