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A former Misawa airman was charged Friday in the murder of his ex-wife, whose body was found in the trunk of a burned car on Hachinohe railroad tracks last July.

William Scott Omari McAllister, 25, currently unemployed, was indicted for murdering Naomi Kimura, 33, an owner of a bar in downtown Misawa called Purple Haze, an Aomori District Public Prosecutors Office spokesman said Monday. McAllister had been charged in March with damaging and disposing of Kimura’s body.

McAllister was arrested in August on suspicion of using an illegally obtained credit card to buy a car navigation system in February 2006.

He is currently being tried for fraud at Aomori District Court in Hachinohe and has been in Japanese custody since his arrest. An Aomori District Court spokeswoman said a date has not been set for his next hearing.

Base officials said last month that Japanese police also are questioning 35th Maintenance Squadron Staff Sgt. Charles Johnson about Kimura’s murder. Johnson has been restricted to the base.

McAllister worked at Misawa Air Base until December 2005 and married Kimura last April, according to media reports.

They divorced two months later but McAllister continued to serve as a bartender at the Purple Haze after the divorce.

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