Attorney: Former Marine charged with rape, murder suffered mental illness
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published: September 07, 2016
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The lawyer for a former Marine charged with raping and murdering a Japanese woman claims his client has long suffered from mental illness and hallucinations, setting the stage for a possible defense in a case that enflamed U.S.-Japanese relations.
Kenneth Franklin Gadson, a civilian employee at Kadena Air Base’s Mediatti cable and internet provider who goes by his Japanese wife’s surname of Shinzato, was charged by Japanese prosecutors two months after Rina Shimabukuro, 20, disappeared April 28. Gadson took police to the wooded area where her remains were found.
The brutal slaying horrified the Japanese, triggering an uproar of anti-American sentiment on the tiny island prefecture, where half of about 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are based.
President Barack Obama apologized for the crime during his May visit to Japan following a strong rebuke from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.