Hawaii military hearing: Ivy was strangled

Ivy Harris, seen here in an undated Facebook photo, was found dead in Hawaii. The Portland resident was 29. (Courtesy photo)
Ivy Harris, seen here in an undated Facebook photo, was found dead in Hawaii. The Portland resident was 29. (Courtesy photo)

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP/KOIN) — A forensic pathologist testifying at a military hearing of a Marine accused of killing a Portland woman says Ivy Harris was strangled.

Marine Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby is seen leaving a Honolulu jail. He is suspected in the death of vacationing Portland resident Ivy Harris, whose body was found in Oahu. (June 7, 2013, KHON2/Honolulu)

Marine Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby is seen leaving a Honolulu jail. He is suspected in the death of vacationing Portland resident Ivy Harris, whose body was found in Oahu. (June 7, 2013, KHON2/Honolulu)

Hawaii News Now reports William Goodhue said Thursday that Harris died because she didn’t have enough oxygen flowing to her brain.

Originally from Oregon, Harris was visiting Hawaii from Las Vegas with a man identified by a family friend as her boyfriend. On Thursday the Associated Press calls him a “pimp.”

Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby is charged with murder, patronizing a prostitute and other charges.

Defense attorney Lt. Col. Clay Plummer said the evidence will not prove his client guilty when all the facts are before the court. Plummer released the following in a statement from the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii Thursday:

“Master Sergeant Nathaniel Cosby … is a combat decorated Marine who fought to defend the Constitution and is entitled to its presumption of innocence.  When all the facts are before the court, the evidence will not prove him guilty.  Until the sworn testimony is presented at trial, we ask that you respect the process of the military justice system and accord Master Sergeant Cosby the respect of not rushing to judgment when all the facts have yet to be established.”

An Article 32 hearing to determine whether Cosby should be court-martialed was held at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Wednesday and Thursday. The hearing wrapped up Thursday afternoon.

Harris’ body was found May 20 in a remote area about 40 miles west of Waikiki.

– Information from KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com. Additional details added by KOIN 6 News staff.

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