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Former Okinawa U.S. base worker denies intent to murder

  • November 16, 2017
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All networks reported at noon that the former U.S. base worker who was arrested on charges of assaulting and killing a 20-year-old woman in Uruma, Okinawa, said during a trial that began at the Naha District Court this morning that he had no intention to murder the woman. According to the networks, the suspect admitted that he had intended to assault her and that he abandoned her body, but said: “I had no intention to kill her and I did not kill her.” He reportedly said that although he had planned to render her unconscious, take her to a hotel, and let her go after assaulting her, his plan did not work out. The prosecutors reportedly claimed that he did intend to kill her because he stabbed her in the neck several times with a knife. NHK said a ruling will be handed down on Dec. 1.

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