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Kirk Matthew LANKFORD



May 1. 2007 - Kirk Lankford made his first appearance in District Court yesterday.
He is charged with the murder of Japanese citizen Masumi Watanabe, who was
last seen April 12 near Pupukea.



May 1, 2007 - Don Wilkerson, attorney for Kirk Lankford, right, says his client maintains
his innocence in the presumed murder of Japanese visitor Masumi Watanabe, as
police continue to investigate her disappearance.



Kirk M. Lankford



Kirk M. Lankford, left, sits with his attorney, Don Wilkerson, during his trial at Circuit Court.



Kirk M. Lankford



North Shore resident and businessman Stephen Paty demonstrates the gestures he saw that were
made by Watanabe to someone in a work truck as he passed them on Pupukea Road on the day
of her disappearance. He was the first witness for the prosecution in Lankford's trial.



March 8, 2008 - Prosecution witness John Thoma is shown a photo by Honolulu prosecutor Peter
Carlisle during the murder trial of Kirk Lankford.
(Richard Ambo | The Honolulu Advertiser)



HPD evidence specialist Hugh Okubo holds up the interior driver side door panel of the truck Kirk
Lankford allegedly drove in the murder of Masumi Watanabe during trial at Circuit Court.



March 14, 2008 - From left, Honolulu City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle, court stenographer
Amy Sadiarin, Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto, defense lawyer Donald Wilkerson and
defendant Kirk Lankford stop along Pupukea Road on O'ahu's North Shore during a tour
conducted today during Lankford's criminal trial.
(Gregory Yamamoto | The Honolulu Advertiser)



April 15, 2008 - Kirk Lankford, shown next to his lawyer, lowered his head yesterday
as the guilty verdict was announced.
(Gregory Yamamoto | The Honolulu Advertiser)



August 1, 2008 - Fumiko Watanabe, left, mother of murder victim Masumi Watanabe, teared up
as she read a statement directed at Kirk Matthew Lankford (far right) just before he was
sentenced yesterday afternoon in Honolulu Circuit Court. Lankford received the maximum
sentence for second-degree murder: life with the possibility of parole.



August 1, 2008 - Kirk Matthew Lankford, right, covered his face as he cried yesterday afternoon
while his father, Howard Lankford, pleaded to the Circuit Court judge before his son's sentence
was handed down for the murder of Japanese visitor Masumi Watanabe.



Kirk Lankford wipes away tears as his father tells Circuit Judge Karl Sakamoto that his
son is a good man. Despite being sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of
parole for the murder last year of 21-year-old Japanese visitor Masumi Watanabe,
Lankford yesterday maintained he did not kill Watanabe.



The victim


The remains of Japanese visitor Masumi Watanabe, who was last seen alive
April 12, 2007, have yet to be found.



Masumi Watanabe



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