U.S. Sailor Admits To Killing

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    The press is reporting that the U.S. sailor suspected of murdering a taxi driver in Yokosuka has made a confession:

    A U.S. Navy serviceman has admitted to fatally stabbing a taxi driver on March 19 near the Yokosuka Naval Base and could be handed over to Japanese authorities soon, police sources said Wednesday.

    Kanagawa prefectural police plan to obtain an arrest warrant for the 22-year-old sailor, who has been in the custody of the U.S. Navy.

    The Navy allowed Japanese investigators to question the sailor, a Nigerian national, at Yokosuka Naval Base on Wednesday morning for the first time.

    His confession to Japanese police followed an earlier one made to Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigators, the sources said.

    The sailor had earlier denied that he killed 61-year-old taxi driver Masaaki Takahashi, although the sailor’s credit card was found on the floor of the slain cabby’s vehicle.

    Update: Just saw on N-H-K news that the sailor had tried to pay for the taxi fare with his credit card. The credit card was rejected, which may have led to an argument and the subsequent stabbing of the taxi driver.

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