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Defense Presents its Side in Missing Woman's Case

Attorney Donald Wilkerson Attorney Donald Wilkerson

By Beth Hillyer

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- We may now know what happened to missing woman Masumi Watanabe. The defense attorney for murder suspect Kirk Lankford admits his client dumped Watanabe's body in the ocean.

The judge and jury took a field trip down to the courthouse parking lot and examined Lankford's pest control truck It's at the center of this murder trial.

A tearful Lankford looked on as his lawyer told jurors the man accidentally hit Watanabe with his truck

"Miss Watanabe stepped out to the left in front of him she reached out and her left arm hit the windshield and she spun off to the right." says Attorney Donald Wilkerson.

Lankford reporterdly put her in his truck to help her.

The defense claims the injured woman got hysterical. "She became louder and louder and louder, she opened the door on the right hand side and dove out of the car and right in that vicinity there is a large boulder. Watanabe struck her struck her head on a boulder died at that moment," explains Wilkerson.

The termite technician was worried about losing his job. "He stopped looked at her saw that she was dead loaded her up into the back of his truck," adds Wilkerson.

Lankford then tried to bury the body at Kahana Bay but was confronted by an area resident. He then found another way to dispose of her body.

"He didn't know what else to do he got out towards Chinaman's Hat by Kualoa Ranch took body out of truck , walked her out into the ocean as far as he could," concludes Wilkerson.

And he left her body there. Police searched that area but never found her remains.

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