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Murder suspect heads to court-martial

A master sergeant in the Marines has been charged with killing a prostitute

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:05 a.m. HST, Oct 26, 2013

A Marine accused of killing a prostitute visiting Hawaii will be court-martialed, the Marine Corps announced Friday.

Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby is charged with murder in the death of Ivanice "Ivy" Harris, who was visiting Hawaii from Las Vegas.

An Article 32 hearing, the military's equivalent of a preliminary hearing in civilian court, was held last month to determine whether he should be court-martialed. During that hearing, a Hono­lulu police detective testified that surveillance footage showed Cosby and Harris meeting outside a Waikiki bar and that they were later seen kissing in the elevator of the hotel where he was staying. Several hours later, the footage showed, Cosby was alone in the elevator and pulling a large duffel bag, which he loaded into the back of a sport utility vehicle.

Originally from Oregon, Harris was visiting Hawaii to celebrate her 29th birthday with her boyfriend, who was also her pimp, and two other women, Detective Dru Akagi said.

Her body was found May 20 in a remote area about 40 miles west of Waikiki.

The prosecution's theory is that Cosby drove almost to the westernmost point of the island to scout a location to dump the body, returned to Pearl Harbor for work and then later dumped the body at about midnight, then returned to the hotel.

Cosby is an explosive ordnance disposal technician with Marine Wing Support Squadron-171 in the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing based in Iwa­kuni, Japan. He was on temporary-duty assignment in Hawaii in May.

The 39-year-old is being held at a military detention facility in Pearl Harbor.

An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Nov. 21 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

"Unlike the civilian justice system, the military justice system is a portable system with worldwide application," Marine Corps Forces Pacific spokes­man Brade Bartelt said. "As our history demonstrates, military members can be tried for offenses any time, anywhere. Nevertheless, Marines accused of crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty. As such, we are committed to ensuring that the rights of any Marine accused of a crime are preserved."

Honolulu police began the investigation into Harris' disappearance and death, but the Naval Criminal Investigative Service took over the case.

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Pocho wrote:
Allie, this guy almost made it back to the Mainland US.
on October 26,2013 | 07:24AM
mikethenovice wrote:
An American who is proudly serving our country for the freedom is about to lose his benefits if convicted just because he could not walk away from the crime.
on October 26,2013 | 07:26AM
aomohoa wrote:
Don't make him sound like a hero. Not everyone in the military should be held at such high esteem. This guy may be a murderer.
on October 26,2013 | 08:30AM
Lanikaula wrote:
"Honolulu police began the investigation into Harris' disappearance and death, but the Naval Criminal Investigative Service took over the case." Y is that?! Is it because HAWAII IS STILL A MILITARILY OCCUPIED STATE, but the Feds nor State nor ANYONE ELSE WANT'S to ADMIT to this FACT?! This crime WAS from the Beginning ON CIVILIAN SOIL!?! "As our history demonstrates, military members can be tried for offenses any time, anywhere." Yeeeahh, OKkkkkkk, BUT THIS CRIME was NOT ON MILITARY LANDS AT ANY TIME!?! Hhhmmmmmm? Is this a WAR CRIME?! Y R STATE/CITY authorities Sooooo readily & willing to ACCEPT MILITARY JURISDICTION when we are not at war here??!! GO FIGGAH!?!
on October 26,2013 | 07:33AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Lanikaula, I believe there is a very good reason for HPD relinquishing jurisdiction to the military in this case. It gives the military first crack at trying, convicting and sentencing the accused. If the city is not satisfied with the outcome, it then can file charges against Cosby and try him in a civilian court. It would not be double jeopardy because the military and civil are two separate jurisdictions. Double jeopardy occurs only when an accused is tried a second time after acquittal or conviction by the same jurisdiction for the same crime.
on October 26,2013 | 08:44AM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
Lanikaula, You've got it wrong and several fronts. First, Hawaii is not a militarily occupied state. Where on earth did you get that idea. Secondly, knowing our Judicial system and the Hawaii Parole Authority, this man, if guilty, would be walking the streets in short order. With the Feds handling this case, if he's found guilty, there won't be a parole, or a slap on the wrist.
on October 26,2013 | 10:20AM
aomohoa wrote:
Good comment. Maybe you helped Lanikaula understand.
on October 26,2013 | 12:18PM
Grimbold wrote:
He may have killed her by mistake: Some people stop breathing oder self-strngle themselves for short time to increase their sexual pleasure. He may have strangled her too much in the process.
on October 26,2013 | 07:39AM
aomohoa wrote:
What is with you people that are making excuses for this guy. Oh, that right you men stick together.
on October 26,2013 | 08:31AM
Grimbold wrote:
I am not making excuse , but trying to understand why he killed a complete one night stand stranger of bad reputation. He was not to gain anything from it , he had nothing to fear from her, he did not to have to hide anything illegal and their meeting was consensual. There was no obvious motive and he had no criminal record. I remember a case like this from long ago where a man strangled a prostitute inadvertently by overdoing the practice I explained above.
on October 26,2013 | 09:42AM
aomohoa wrote:
Maybe he has been hiding a psychiatric problem. Maybe he just got upset with something she did or said and snapped.
on October 26,2013 | 12:16PM
lokela wrote:
Death by firing squad...
on October 26,2013 | 07:43AM
iwanaknow wrote:
He's going down
on October 26,2013 | 08:16AM
aomohoa wrote:
Court-Martial is the least of this guys problems.
on October 26,2013 | 08:28AM
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