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Ex-Marine denies intent to kill Okinawa woman: report

A U.S. civilian base worker, who was indicted for raping and murdering a 20-year-old woman in Okinawa Prefecture, has denied that he had the intent to kill her, it has been learned.

The online edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper reported that Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, 32, a former U.S. Marine, denies he had premeditated the slaying of the 20-year-old office worker from Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, in a statement to the paper.

In the statement dated July 2, Shinzato explains the reason why he kept silence during the interrogation after initially confessing to the crime, saying, "I was physically and mentally at my weakest point due to my 2 suicide attempts." He also states, "I did not have the intention of killing the victim," adding, "Furthermore, I did not rape her."

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