USMC Veteran & Civilian Contractor Kenneth Gadson Accused of Raping and Murdering a Japanese Citizen; Admitted to the Crimes But Claims Not Premeditated (2016)

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Kenneth Gadson, USMC Veteran

On May 19, 2016, US Marine Corps veteran, Kenneth Gadson, was arrested for the rape and murder of Rina Shimabukuro, 20, a Japanese citizen he chose at random. Gadson was working as a military contractor in Japan and used his wife’s Japanese family name Shinzato. Gadson admitted to the crimes but claims it was not premeditated. Gadson’s attorney requested that jurisdiction of the case be changed to the Tokyo District Court to ensure a fair trial for his client as the crimes sparked outrage in Okinawa resulting in protests and demands that the US military leave Japan.

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