HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As Hawaii 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.
Sources tell 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
No charges have been filed in the case.