Nat­sumi Ko­gawa mur­der trial de­bates ges­ture

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Wil­liam Sch­nei­der, the ac­cused in the mur­der trial of Nat­sumi Ko­gawa, watched from the court­room side­lines Tues­day as a lawyer and homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tor dis­agreed on ex­actly what ges­ture he made dur­ing a po­lice in­ter­view two years ago.

Ac­cord­ing to de­tec­tives from the Van­cou­ver Po­lice De­part­ment, Sch­nei­der had used his hand to cover his own mouth and nose dur­ing po­lice ques­tion­ing. The crown be­lieves Nat­sumi Ko­gawa died from as­phyx­i­a­tion. The de­fence ar­gued Tues­day Sch­nei­der did not make any ges­ture at all.

Ko­gawa, a 30-year old Ja­panese stu­dent, was found stuffed in a suit­case in Van­cou­ver’s West End a lit­tle over two years ago.

Sch­nei­der, 51, is on trial for sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and com­mit­ting in­dig­nity to a hu­man body. He pleaded not guilty to both charges. None of the charges have been proven in court.

Two Van­cou­ver po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors tes­ti­fied ear­lier in the trial that the ac­cused made this ges­ture — cov­er­ing his mouth and nose — in a po­lice in­ter­view while de­scrib­ing Ko­gawa’s last mo­ments alive.

The court heard a record­ing where Sch­nei­der said he was not sure whether Ko­gawa’s heart failed first or whether “her breath” did.

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