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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
News Now first reported on Thursday the U.S. military is taking over the murder
investigation of Ivanice "Ivy" Harris and the Marine Corps will
prosecute the case.
According to a joint
news release, the U.S.
Marine Corps and city prosecutor's office announced that it would be, "advantageous
to prosecute the case under the auspices of the Uniform Code of Military
Justice (UCMJ) than state law."
Marine Master Sgt.
Nathaniel L. Cosby was arrested in connection with the case on June 5 he was released
from Honolulu police custody two days later.
The Marine Corps on Friday said
that Cosby is being held in pre-trial confinement at the Pearl Harbor Brig while
the Navy Criminal Investigative Service
investigates the case.
"What is important is not
who prosecutes the case, but that justice is achieved. I have full confidence
in U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and my office is prepared to offer any assistance if needed,"
said City and County of Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.
The Honolulu Medical
Examiner's office on Friday ruled Harris' death a Homicide and the cause of
death was an injury to the neck.
Hawaii News Now that Cosby admitted to police he picked up Harris and spent the
night with her in a Waikiki hotel, but he claimed he did not kill her.
Harris' nude body was discovered May 20 on the side of
Farrington Highway near Yokohama Bay in Leeward Oahu, four days after she was
last seen outside a Waikiki bar.
Harris was vacationing in Hawaii with her boyfriend
and a friend to celebrate her 29th birthday