Marine charged with murderUPDATED 10:18 PM HST Sep 23, 2013Video Transcript
A US Marine has been charged with murder in the death of Ivanice Harris, who disappeared in May. Her nude body was then discovered just days later in West Oahu. KITV4's Paul Drewes has more on the latest legal move. Paul... Marines will hold an article 32 hearing on Wednesday -- which is a lot like a grand jury investigation. Not only will the defendant - Master sergeant Nathaniel cosby attend -- we've learned Harris' mother and father will also be there. After the disappearance and death of Ivanice Harris in May, her family has been waiting months for this case to move forward. phoner@23:37-23:46 "we just want justice, whoever did this we want that person to be held accountable for their crime" Cosby, meanwhile has been waiting in the brig at Pearl Harbor, after being arrested in June. Now all will be in the same courtroom for the military hearing. 20:05 the mother and father were planning on being out there tomorrow to be there for the hearing on wednesday thursday and friday Unlike civilian cases, this military hearing could also turn into a mini-trial. 8:32-8:41 "the interesting thing about an ART32 is the defense can present evidence and question witnesses, so you can get a sneak peak at what the defense is going to do" Some may question why this murder case was taken over the military, but Bilecki believes there is a simple reason. 10:09-10:19 "it is substantially easier to get a conviction in military court, than state court which may be why it is being handled by the UCMJ instead of the state." Even the Harris family feels confident about the proceedings, as the Marine is tried under the uniform code of military justice. 22:17 at first I was a little skeptical with the Marines taking this over and maybe trying to sweep it under the rug to protect one of their own, but its been going well 22:32 If enough evidence is presented at the Article 32 hearing for a court-martial, Cosby's commanding general would select a panel of senior officers instead of a civilian jury -- and they would only a 2/3 majority to convict him of the charges which include unpremeditated murder, voluntary manslaughter and patronizing a prostitute among other charges. While we will cover this article 32 hearing, the courtroom is closed to cameras and recording devices. The pre-trial investigation is expected to last several days. Back to you.