Article 32 hearing begins for Marine accused of murder

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:36:16 AM HST   Updated On: Sep 25 2013 09:58:27 PM HST

An Article 32 hearing for a U.S. Marine charged with murder in the death of an Oregon woman began Wednesday morning at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay.

Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby is accused of the murder of Ivanice Harris, who was on Oahu celebrating her 29th birthday.  Cosby is also charged with patronizing a prostitute among other charges.

The lead detective in the Honolulu Police Department's investigation, Dru Akagi, took the stand.

Akagi says Harris' last text was at 3:43 a.m. on May 16.  Harris informed her pimp that she was going to an Aston hotel.  Surveillance video showed a Caucasian man with tattoos on his forearm getting into the elevator with Harris.

Police retrieved the guest list and narrowed it down to Cosby's room.  He had the room reserved from May 15 through 20 but checked out on May 17.

A family found Harris' body in the early evening hours on May 20.

The prosecution showed surveillance video of Cosby.  There were images of Cosby and Harris meeting outside Kelley O'Neil's bar on Lewers Street in Waikiki and video of both of them going in and out of the bar.

Another video showed Cosby with different clothes and a wide-brimmed hat carrying a duffel bag.  When police caught up with Cosby at the airport, they showed him surveillance photos and asked him to confirm that he was the man in the photos with Harris and Cosby confirmed that.

When police were interviewing  him at the airport, investigators noticed a lot of cuts on his hands.  When Cosby was asked about them, he said he fell in his hotel room and hit his head on the dresser.

Detective Akagi said police later found the duffel bag at the home of an acquaintance of Cosby and found hairs and a pink fragment inside the bag.

Investigators say they are doing advanced testing to see if that fragment matches samples from Harris' fingernails. 

The Article 32 hearing is the military's equivalent of a preliminary hearing in civilian court,  will be determined whether Cosby should be court-martialed.


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