Iwakuni Marine faces court martial for death of prostitute in Hawaii


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 21, 2014

A Marine charged in the killing of a prostitute in Hawaii will stand before a general court martial during the week of April 21, officials said.

Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby, 38, of Jefferson, Ala., has been accused of killing Ivanice “Ivy” Harris, a 28-year-old Las Vegas woman whose body was discovered last May 20 near Yokohama Bay on the Leeward Coast.

Cosby’s trial was originally set for March 17 but was moved at the request of his defense team, Marine officials said Thursday. Cosby faces charges of unpremeditated murder, murder while engaging in an inherently dangerous act, obstruction of justice and attempting to patronize a prostitute.

The Iwakuni Marine, who was on a temporary assignment with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at the time of the murder, was detained June 5 at Honolulu International Airport. He was released by police without charges pending test results and was confined to base.

The military then took over the investigation.

At Cosby’s Article 32 hearing to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed with a court martial, officials said Cosby was seen in surveillance video meeting Harris in Waikiki and kissing her in a hotel elevator on the last day she was seen alive, according to The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He was then seen carrying a roller suitcase to his sport utility vehicle, and a cellphone tower picked up his phone’s signal near where Harris’ body was found.

Investigators say they think he killed Harris, scouted a dump site, went to work — sporting a fresh cut over his eye — then dumped the body.

Cosby remains in pre-trial confinement at the Joint Brig Miramar, Detachment Pearl Harbor Brig, on Ford Island, officials said.