US military contractor re-arrested on suspicion of murder and rape

June 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Regarding the discovery of a woman’s body in the central part of Okinawa Island, on the afternoon of June 9, the Okinawa prefectural police re-arrested former U.S. Marine and current U.S. military employee Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (formerly Gadson), age 32, on suspicion of murder and rape leading to death. The suspect had previously been in custody under arrest on suspicion of abandoning the woman’s body. At 3:30 p.m. on the same day, the Special Investigative Headquarters of the Okinawa prefectural police, headed by Criminal Investigation Bureau director Kenryo Tomari, held a press conference at the Uruma police station to explain the details of the re-arrest.

The suspect is thought to have decided to assault a woman going for a walk in Uruma on April 28, hitting her with a stick with an intent to kill, then dragging her into a grassy area, strangling her, and stabbing her in the torso with a knife, killing her.

Since being arrested on May 20 on suspicion of abandoning the woman’s body, the suspect has refused to testify regarding the incident.

(English translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)

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