Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hawaii: Update--Iwakuni Marine, 38, Likely to be Charged in Death of Oregon-Based Prostitute

According to The Marine Corps Times, Master Sergeant Nathaniel Cosby, 38, who previously was based in Iwakuni, Japan, is expected to be charged in an Article 32 hearing on Wednesday (September 25) in the death of Oregon-based prostitute Ivanice "Ivy" Harris, 29, who was visiting Honolulu at the time of her death on May 16.

An Article 32 hearing is the US military’s equivalent of a preliminary hearing in civilian court, will be held at Marines Corps Base Hawaii on Wednesday to determine whether Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby should face a court-martial.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) took over from Honolulu police the investigation into the death of Ivanice “Ivy” Harris, who was vacationing with her boyfriend and friend to celebrate her 29th birthday. She was last seen outside a Waikiki bar on May 16 and her body was later found in an isolated area of Oahu’s Leeward Coast.

COMMENT:  Harris’ parents plan to be in Hawaii for this week’s hearing, which is expected to be quite graphic.

The Honolulu medical examiner’s office said the cause of Harris’ death was injury to the neck, and the manner of death is ruled a homicide.

Cosby is being held at a military detention facility in Pearl Harbor. US Marine Corps Forces Pacific spokesman Chuck Little said Cosby has an appointed military attorney but the attorney’s name was not available.

Cosby is an explosive ordnance disposal technician, assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-171 in the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing based in Iwakuni, Japan. He was on temporary duty assignment in Hawaii at the time of Ms. Harris' murder.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.