Court-martial to be held against Marine accused of murder

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:10:26 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 25 2013 04:12:37 PM HST

Nathaniel Cosby

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii -

The U.S. Marine Corps announced Friday that a court-martial will be held against Master Sergeant Nathaniel Cosby for the death of an Oregon woman.

Ivanice Harris was in Hawaii back in May to celebrate her 29th birthday.  Her body was found near Yokohama Bay that same month.

MSgt. Cosby is charged with unpremeditated murder; murder while engaging in an inherently dangerous act; voluntary manslaughter; obstructing justice; and attempt to patronize a prostitute.

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

MSgt. Cosby was arrested by police on June 5 at the Honolulu International Airport after his return from a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command mission overseas.  Investigator suspected Cosby of killing Harris.

The U.S. Marine Corps was given jurisdiction in this case on June 19.

"Ensuring that justice is achieved requires the continued cooperation of investigative and prosecutorial agencies of all branches of government.  HPD and the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu continue to support the U.S. Marine Corps in the development of this case," said City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

"Allegations of misconduct are taken very seriously by the United States Marine Corps. The Uniform Code of Military Justice applies to service members at all times and in all locations," said U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific spokesman Col. Brad Bartlet.  "Unlike the civilian justice system, the military justice system is a portable system with world-wide application. As our history demonstrates, military members can be tried for offenses anytime, 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."

MSgt. Cosby remains in the brig at Pearl Harbor.

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