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Jury in Watanabe Murder Trial Views Store Surveillance Video

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The jury in the trial for a Kalihi man accused of killing Japanese tourist Masumi Watanabe was shown compelling surveillance video Monday.

Police say the footage shows the defendant shopping at two stores on April 12, 2007. That's the day the 21-year-old victim disappeared during a walk in Pupukea.

Kirk Lankford, a pest control technician who was working in that area, is charged with her murder. Prosecutors say surveillance video from Home Depot shows him buying a shovel, gloves, garbage bags, duct tape and a flashlight.

"The items were laid on top of the cash register scanner area," Officer Calvin Sung, Honolulu Police Department, said. "So I can positively identify what was the item he was purchasing."

Jurors were shown examples of the purchased items, including a shovel.

Watanabe's body hasn't been found.

The trial continues Wednesday.

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