CBS news program revisits mystery surrounding 2011 murder of US airman on Okinawa

Tech Sgt. Curtis Eccleston in an Air Force photograph from March when he was the special planning supervisor for the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron at Kadena Air Base. Eccleston was found dead with a neck wound Sunday in an off-base apartment.


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 20, 2019

The CBS TV show NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget on Wednesday aired an episode called "The Enemy Within," which examined the investigation into the brutal 2011 murder of Tech. Sgt. Curtis Eccleston, an airman stationed at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa.

Stars and Stripes covered the story extensively at the time of the crime. See below for a list of links to Stripes news stories about the incident.

Tech. Sgt. Curtis Evan Eccleston, 30, was found dead in an off-base apartment he shared with his wife in the Mihama district near Camp Lester, according to Japanese police. An autopsy by Japanese authorities determined the airman bled to death from a cut on his neck, a police spokesman said.

The wife of a Kadena airman found dead in his off-base apartment has been charged with his murder, according to the 18th Wing and Japanese police.

Japanese police said they found weapons believed to have been used in the off-base slaying of a Kadena airman earlier this month.

A Brazilian woman will stand trial in Japanese courts for allegedly stabbing her U.S. Air Force husband to death last month at their Okinawa apartment, Japanese prosecutors announced.

A Kadena airman will face court-martial on murder charges following the stabbing death of a member of his squadron and could be sentenced to death, according to an Air Force 18th Wing announcement.

A Kadena airman has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a fellow squadron member in order to avoid the death penalty, according to a military judge in charge of the case.

A military judge is expected to decide Thursday whether a Kadena airman will ever have a chance at parole while serving a life sentence for the murder of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Curtis Eccleston.

A military judge handed down the maximum penalty — life in prison without the possibility of parole — to a staff sergeant stationed on Okinawa who murdered a fellow airman with a box cutter and a hunting knife last year.

The trial of a Brazilian woman charged with plotting the murder of her Kadena airman husband wrapped up with the Japanese court expected to deliver a verdict.

A Brazilian woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison with forced labor after a Japanese court convicted her of murder in the death of her Air Force husband.

A Japanese court rejected the appeal of a Brazilian woman convicted of plotting the murder of her Air Force husband on Okinawa in 2011.