Marine claims self-defense in murder of a womanUPDATED 10:22 PM HST Apr 23, 2014Video Transcript
with but is claiming self defense. Good evening, I'm Kenny Choi. And I'm Yunji de Nies.. Master Sergeant Nathaniel Cosby demonstrated in a military court today what he says went down on the night that Ivanice Harris was killed. KITV4's Brenton Awa has tonights top story... Nearly a year after the disappearance of Ivanice Harris... Her killer -- Nathaniel Cosby took the stand today in his General Court Martial. One of the first questions the Defense asked was... FS "DID YOU MURDER MS. HARRIS? NO SIR I DID NOT." Cosby said he'd been drinking for 10-hours on the night he met Harris at Kelly Oneills in Waikiki but only recalled the event after seeing himself on video-surveillance footage. His memory appeared to be spotty until the two made it back to Cosby's hotel room where he remembers falling asleep in bed. That's when Cosby says Harris started to get upset -- saying... FS "SHE WAS TELLING ME I NEEDED TO GET UP AND PAY HER." THE DEFENSE ASKED -- PAY HER FOR WHAT..AND COSBY REPLIED... FS "AT THE TIME I DIDN'T KNOW. I WAS CONFUSED ... I JUST KEPT ASKING HER WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT." He then realized Harris was a prostitute and that's when things escalated -- Cosby says he told her to leave and the two started yelling and exchanging words ... saying... FS "AT THAT POINT IT WAS A FIGHT." Cosby says Harris cut his arm with a lipstick knife. That's when he decided to get a hold of the weapon. He says he grabbed her wrist with one hand -- got behind her and put his other arm around her neck... saying... FS "IT WAS CHAOS. SHE'S KICKING, SHE'S KICKING ME AND I'M TRYING TO HOLD ON... I WAS TRYING TO SUBMIT HER." Cosby says his eyes were covered in his own blood from a cut to his head. He couldn't see but let go of Harris when she stopped fighting. The marine started to cry in court today when recalling the point he realized Harris had died.. saying... FS "I PANICKED, I WAS LOST, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO." Cosby admits to driving Harris's body out near Yokohama Bay and dumping it. He also admitted to going into hiding. Saying he later cleaned his hotel room and checked out early -- only to find another hotel to wait out the days until he was supposed to leave the island. While cosby says he didn't murder harris he did admit to killing her but says he didn't mean to. Closing arguments for this trial will start at 830 tomorrow morning at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Following that the jury will deliberate until they reach a verdict.