Lankford details Watanabe's death

Lankford details Watanabe's death

There are 97 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 3, 2008, titled Lankford details Watanabe's death. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

NELSON DARANCIANG / NDARANCIANG@STARBULLETIN.COM Kirk Lankford described in court yesterday his actions on the day of Masumi Watanabe's death.

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mythoughts

Honolulu, HI

#28 Apr 3, 2008
The normal thing for a person to do when someone is injured or dead is to get help if it really was an accident.

Because he did not seek help it is probably because he tried to cover up something that would have implicated him in a crime. He made up the story about getting rid of her body in the ocean because the body could turn up anywhere due to the ocean currents and thus be possibly discovered.

Since he already attempted to bury the body somewhere but was seen by someone I think he buried the body in a different location.
mike nomura

AOL

#30 Apr 3, 2008
So Mr. Kirk Lankford claims he hit Masumi Watanabe with his truck which caused her to fall and hit her head. If a vehicle hits a pedestrian hard enough to fall, wouldn't glasses fall off her face? Yet her glasses were found inside the truck of Lankford. Surely, he would have left the glasses on the ground were she got hit and not pick them up. Second fact, if the truck hit her so hard as to cause her to fall and strike her head on the pavement and die from that injury, alot more blood would have been found inside the vehicle. There should even be a pool of blood. Yet again, only a few drops of blood were found inside the truck. Does this make sense?
California Girl

Walnut Creek, CA

#31 Apr 3, 2008
Hey Phil, Sorry for the folks who got murdered for taking the picture. What is your point? Mis-carriage of justice? Racism? Is it a surprise to anyone that the justice system favors people of privelege based on skin color, class or wealth? I hope no one is naive enough to believe that life is fair. Least of all for Ms. Watanabe and her family.
mynah

Kaneohe, HI

#33 Apr 3, 2008
Q1: So you lied to the police detective, you lied to the co-worker who asked you about the windshield, you lied to your family about where you were going after band practice,and you lied to everyone who asked you how your day was and what you did or was going to do?

Q2: Being that you were thoughtful enough to give this girl a sea burial after your original beachside burial was interrupted, did it ever occur to you that you should get to the boulder and have that examined for traces of blood before the passage of time would diminish the chances of recovering some evidence corroborating your account of what happened?
3. would you agree that the evidence presented shows a man who is trying to hide a dead body?
4. Would you agree that without a body that no one would know whether this girl was raped or tortured or bound and gagged?
5. Did you consider providing anonymous information to the girl's family before you got caught in your lies?
5. How did you feel/think when you saw that the police had you on tape buying the tools to hide your crime?
6. How did you feel/think when you saw the police had a witness who caught you trying to bury the body?
7. How did you feel/think when you found out the police had found evidence of the girl's blood and property in your truck?
8. How did you feel/think when you found out that the parents were looking for her body?
9. Did you ever consider that the recovery of the body could prove you innocent?
10. Last, do you feel that you did the right thing, and if not, why not and what should you have done and why?
Tymberwulf

Kapaa, HI

#34 Apr 3, 2008
I know he is guilty, but of what he is guilty of I am not sure. Yes the story sounds bad, really bad, but it could be true.

It could be a case of misunderstand between someone who isn't all there (he doesn't seem to be playing with a full deck of cards here) and someone who didn't understand/speak English.

I haven't looked the man in the eyes, so I will let the jury decided guilt, that is the way our system works. But don't be surprised to see him end up with an involuntary manslaughter conviction instead of a murder conviction.
gotc

Honolulu, HI

#35 Apr 3, 2008
Lanford is really a jerk. A husband and father.
A church going person ... His background and said revised story doesn't match... Responsible adult? questionabale... Family person ... Hmmmmm
It is really sad for that young lady & her family. Come to Hawaii to enjoy the culture and aloha. Not only was she deceived by this man but also lost her life. Hpefully the parents an family of this young lady forgive the people of Hawaii. We do have a lot of good people here. Unfortuntely we rarely hear about them. Aloha
the disclipinarian

Hoolehua, HI

#36 Apr 3, 2008
well thats the main thing you animal, that you don't lose your job....a girl died, her family and friends will never see their daughter again, but the main thing is you don't lose your job...fricking animal, I hope you get yours in Halawa CC.
Honolulu

Ewa Beach, HI

#37 Apr 3, 2008
Seems almost believable except that there is no DNA evidence (or even blood) on the rock that she supposedly hit her head on. I can see how a person in panic would do something as desperate as jumping out of a moving truck. Lankford is guilty of a number of crimes and being unbelievably stupid. But I'm not convinced yet if he's guilty of murder. Maybe he should be convicted anyway because he's an idiot.

“Hating others builds me up”

Since: Mar 08

Big cave in hill by sea

#38 Apr 3, 2008
Quoting ;
"I had been thinking about it throughout the day, and it just seemed like the right thing to do was to bury her,"

He chose Kahana Bay because he said it is peaceful and isolated.

"I thought that that would hopefully be as peaceful as getting buried by the ocean," he said.

Gee how thoughtfull, perhaps he can be rehabilitated, don't worry he will walk the streets again someday.

It's really a shame the liberals have removed the death penalty.
Honolulu

Ewa Beach, HI

#39 Apr 3, 2008
mike nomura wrote:
So Mr. Kirk Lankford claims he hit Masumi Watanabe with his truck which caused her to fall and hit her head. If a vehicle hits a pedestrian hard enough to fall, wouldn't glasses fall off her face? Yet her glasses were found inside the truck of Lankford. Surely, he would have left the glasses on the ground were she got hit and not pick them up. Second fact, if the truck hit her so hard as to cause her to fall and strike her head on the pavement and die from that injury, alot more blood would have been found inside the vehicle. There should even be a pool of blood. Yet again, only a few drops of blood were found inside the truck. Does this make sense?
You need more information about the testimony. Sounds like you haven't been keeping up
local

Honolulu, HI

#40 Apr 3, 2008
feed him to the sharks
CSI Wannabe

Honolulu, HI

#41 Apr 3, 2008
Previously I had mentioned high tide, current, rock & holes challenges walking at night in the area without a light source. For all you experienced torch fisherman you know how challenging it is even zero to minus tide with a light.

Just read in the other paper that Lankford said he stripped down to boxer shorts and walked out barefooted in CHEST HIGH water. Did not get his feet cut from coral or rocks because his feet were kind of calloused from wearing thin soled shoes.

Now if the prosecution does not pick up on this, I will be at a loss. Callouses develop over a long period of time and only if you walk barefooted frequently, not from thin soled shoes. Main thing is take a look at his feet and tell me if someone with this alleged calloused development can walk that far out WITHOUT any cuts or scrapes, not to mention vana, calloused DO NOT develop in in the instep area of a foot. It's also a miracle he did not step into any holes with no light. Chest high water against the current, no light source, no shoes over a very long distance... I guess Lankford has supernatural powers.

Reminds me of that police officer that tried to use the "educated liver" defense for the DUI when he killed that young girl. Jury was not fooled here and just hoping that the jury will not fall for this! Let's see if Peter Carlisle is as good as he is supposed to be.
Brown Man

Kaneohe, HI

#42 Apr 3, 2008
I hit her with my car and didn't want to lose my job so I got rid of the body. Thats such a pathetic defense.
Will

United States

#44 Apr 3, 2008
What a B/S!
J Elizabeth

AOL

#46 Apr 3, 2008
Worried about his job? What an absolutely bombastice excuse! Now he will have more to worry about because he doesn't have a job and will spend the rest of his life in prison with a couple of roommates and close friends. Does Lankford have his head screwed on right? Evidently not! Good luck buddy, don't drop your soap.

Since: Feb 08

Kailua

#47 Apr 3, 2008
If he gets away with it, I hope the Yakuza come and get some retribution. I hope that Japan knows "we the people" hope this guy goes to jail.
J Elizabeth

AOL

#49 Apr 3, 2008
Aloha oi, you smell like poi. You better start praying now boy, you're going to go away for a long time. I think you'll get life in prison without the chance for parole. Kiss everyone goodbye, this is the end for you, you dumb piece of crap. Worthless piece of dung. God save your butt.
Quiet guy

Mililani, HI

#50 Apr 3, 2008
GUILTY as charged!!!
WatchGuy - Atlanta

Monroe, GA

#51 Apr 3, 2008
love waianae wrote:
And she dove out of the truck because??? Too bad this is a liberal-run state where he won't receive proper punishment, in Japan he'd be executed. Instead, the girl's parents will probrably live to see this guy stalk again. Comforting thought, eh?
Yes... I was wondering the same thing. Why did this girl jump out of his truck? One can only imagine why someone would jump out of a car or truck! He fails to tell what he was doing that scared her into jumping. Again, one can only imagine. And, driving around with a dead body in your truck while you are transporting your wife and child to church... what the heck! Talk about cold! This is a sad case to be sure. Like all of these things you will have families and loved ones effected for the rest of their lives because of what this guy did.
North Shore

Aiea, HI

#52 Apr 3, 2008
I don't understand why they still give him the chance to talk. This has dragged on way longer than it should have. His fear of losing his job is nothing to his taking a life.

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