Marine accused of murdering Oregon visitor appears in military court

Nathaniel Cosby
Nathaniel Cosby

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A U.S. Marine is facing a probable cause hearing, accused of killing an Oregon visitor and dumping her body along the road near Yokohama Bay.

Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby, 39, was escorted into a military courtroom on Wednesday. Cameras were not allowed in the hearing.

The prosecuting attorney presented evidence to a hearing officer including surveillance video from outside Kelly O’Neil’s pub on Lewers Street in Waikiki.

In that video, the prosecutor said Cosby left the bar, met the victim — 28-year-old Ivy Harris — right outside, and left with her.

According to Honolulu Police Department’s lead detective, one of Harris’ last texts from her phone said she was going to the Aston. Police were able to detect what cell tower her phone pinged, which narrowed the search to a few Aston hotels.

After pouring over surveillance video, police witnessed Harris getting into an elevator with an unidentified male.

Police then looked over room records for a single occupant who refused maid service on May 16. That was just one room, No. 924, registered to Cosby.

They were also able to verify a time Cosby entered into his room early that morning with the electronic key.

Later that morning, a man prosecutors identified as Cosby, is seen once again entering the elevator, wearing different clothing, and keeping his back turned to the surveillance camera. He is seen rolling a large duffle bag out and putting it into a white SUV. Police say the rental car was in Cosby’s name.

Investigators later found forensic evidence in that duffle bag. According to the lead detective, a cadaver dog had a hit on a scent inside the back of the rental car several days after Harris went missing.

Police conducted the initial investigation and arrested Cosby in June, charging him with murder.

Police also used cell phone record to show Cosby’s route that morning, including a cell phone tower ping in West Oahu about four miles from where Harris’ body was found, four days after her disappearance.

Findings from the Article 32 Hearing will be presented to Lt. Gen. Terry Robling, who will have the final say as to whether a court martial will be convened.

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