Murder trial looms for base worker charged in Okinawan woman’s death
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The former U.S. base worker accused of raping and killing a 20-year-old Okinawan woman last year is expected to plead guilty as his trial commences this week at Naha District Court on Okinawa.
Kenneth Franklin Gadson is charged with murder, rape resulting in death and the illegal disposal of a body in the death of Uruma office worker Rina Shimabukuro, who disappeared April 28, 2016.
The brutal slaying shocked the Japanese and triggered massive anti-American protests on an island where half of about 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are based. Then-President Barack Obama was forced to apologize for the crime during his historic visit to Hiroshima a month later, following a strong rebuke from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
A hearing is marked for Thursday, court officials said, with the trial to follow the next day. Closing arguments are scheduled for Nov. 24 and a verdict is expected on Dec. 1.
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