Natsumi Kogawa murder trial debates gesture
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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