Mistress, medical examiner testify in Marine murder case

Nathaniel Cosby (left).
Nathaniel Cosby (left).

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A 39-year-old Marine accused of killing an Oregon visitor returned to a military courtroom.

On the stand Thursday morning, Theresa Mickelwait testified that she had a two-week affair with Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby in December 2012 while they were in military classes together in New Mexico.

Mickelwait said that during their involvement, she asked him to use a choke-hold to make her unconscious.

Following their two-week affair, they stayed in touch through Facebook.

Another rendezvous had been planned and Mickelwait testified she told Cosby to bring along a “packing kit.” She said that kit would include rubber gloves, bleach, and other items to help him get rid of her body if anything went wrong.

Cosby is charged with the May killing of 28-year-old escort Ivy Harris. Her body was discovered near Yokohama bay on Oahu’s west side.

On Thursday, the prosecution also called Dr. William Goodhue, who acted as the medical examiner when Harris’ body was examined.

Dr. Goodhue testified that Harris had died from asphyxiation — essentially, she was choked to death.

Hearing officer Col. Doug Gardner will consider all the testimony from the past two days and decide whether a court-martial is warranted.

That decision could take several weeks.

Lt. Col. Clay Plummer, Cosby’s defense attorney, released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“[Cosby] is a combat decorated Marine who fought to defend the Constitution and is entitled to its presumption of innocence. When all the facts are before the court, the evidence will not prove him guilty. Until the sworn testimony is presented at trial, we ask that you respect the process of the military justice system and accord Master Sergeant Cosby the respect of not rushing to judgment when all the facts have yet to be established.”

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