March 7, 1996 |
In a case that triggered national outrage over American military bases in Japan, three U.S. servicemen were found guilty today in the vicious beating and rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl. The three defendants--Navy Seaman Marcus Gill, 22, and Marine Pfcs. Rodrico Harp, 21, and Kendrick Ledet, 20, stared straight ahead without expressing emotion as the verdict was read, courtroom observers said.
October 28, 1995 |
Three young men sit confined in an Okinawa jail, an ocean away from their hometowns in Texas and Georgia, possibly unaware that the brutal rape they are charged with committing against a Japanese girl has ignited a political firestorm between Japan and the United States. To the folks back home, the two Marines, Pfc. Rodrico Harp, 21, and Pfc. Kendrick M. Ledet, 20, and Navy Seaman Marcus D. Gill, 22, are well-mannered young men.
December 5, 1995 |
Three U.S. servicemen accused of raping an Okinawa schoolgirl were painted as stellar soldiers, and one as a loving husband, as defense attorneys Monday sought to soften the men's violent image in a case that has outraged Japan. Marine Pfc. Rodrico Harp, 21, buried his head in his hands and wept as his wife, Denitrease, apologized for the crime and told the court her husband is a gentle, intelligent man who "adored" his two children. "I'm very sorry," she said, before breaking down in sobs.
December 28, 1995 |
An American sailor who raped a Japanese schoolgirl reduced a court interpreter to tears Wednesday with a harrowing account of the attack and the role of two U.S. Marines. Navy Seaman Marcus Gill, 22, of Woodville, Texas, told a Japanese court that the three servicemen planned the assault together, contradicting the two Marines' testimony that Gill bullied them into carrying out the crime. "Everything is pinpointed on me.
November 7, 1995 |
An American serviceman pleaded guilty Tuesday to the abduction and rape of a 12-year-old schoolgirl, in a case that galvanized sentiment against U.S. military bases on Japan's southern island of Okinawa. Navy Seaman Marcus D. Gill, 22, of Woodville, Tex., pleaded guilty to all charges against him on the opening day of the trial. Also accused in the Sept. 4 rape were Marine Pfc. Rodrico Harp, 21, of Griffin, Ga., and Marine Pfc. Kendrick M. Ledet, 20, of Waycross, Ga.
December 29, 1995 |
The mothers of two U.S. Marines charged with raping a Japanese schoolgirl asked Thursday to move the trial off Okinawa, arguing that local judges are under pressure to harshly punish their sons. Final statements in the trial of three U.S. servicemen accused in the Sept. 4 attack will be delayed while a higher court considers the request, but its ruling is not likely to postpone sentencing expected in late January. The mothers, Daisey Harp and Barbara Cannon, say Okinawa Gov.