Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hawaii: Update--NCIS Has Jurisdiction in Prosecution of USMC Suspect in Harris Murder

According to Hawaii News Now, effective June 20, the US Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) will be taking over primary jurisdiction in the murder investigation of Las Vegas escort Ivanice "Ivy" Harris, 29, who was murdered last month in Honolulu.

A joint press release issued by the US Marine Corps and the City of Honolulu last week concluded that it would be far more advantageous for murder suspect Master Sergeant Nathaniel L. Cosby USMC, an EOD specialist, to be prosecuted under the auspices of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) rather than state law.

Cosby was arrested in connection with the case on June 5, but was released from Honolulu police custody two days later. That being said, he is now being held in pre-trial confinement at  the Pearl Harbor Brig while NCIS investigates Harris' murder.

COMMENT: Cosby admitted to police he picked up Harris and spent the night with her in a Waikiki hotel, but he has denied any complicity in her death.

Harris' nude body was discovered May 20, on the side of Farrington Highway near Yokohama Bay in Leeward Oahu, four days after she was last seen outside a Waikiki bar.

Harris was vacationing in Hawaii with her boyfriend, who was also her pimp, and a friend to celebrate her 29th birthday