Former Marine charged with murder, rape in Okinawa woman’s death
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published: June 30, 2016
NAHA, Okinawa — A former Marine who works as a contractor at Kadena Air Base was officially charged Thursday with murder and rape resulting in death in the slaying a 20-year-old Okinawa woman.
Kenneth Franklin Gadson had been held since May 19 and was charged earlier this month with illegally disposing of Rina Shimabukuro’s body, which was found in a wooded area, based on information that Gadson provided. Police have said he went cruising in his car for a stranger to attack and killed the woman during her nightly walk.
Police say Gadson, armed with a stick and a knife, struck the victim “with murderous intent” on the head from behind just before midnight on April 29, pulled her into bushes, then strangled and stabbed her while attempting to rape her. She died before he could finish the sexual assault.
Kenryo Tomari, chief of the police Crime Investigations department, called the attack “premeditated.”