Prosecution has no evidence for murder case against Gregory Gumo

A match made in the digital domain sealed in death: Mariko Akitaya and Gregory Gumo

A match made in the digital domain sealed in death: Mariko Akitaya and Gregory Gumo

It now appears prosecutors in the case against Gregory Gumo have decided not to press for murder charges against Gregory Gumo, who was arrested for “abandoning the body” of Mariko Akitya who was last seen with Gumo. It really is astonishing that after eight months police investigators, even though an autopsy was conducted, do not have enough evidence to place Gumo on trial for murder. If Gumo is convicted for “abandoning a body”, there is really no way to know what his jail sentence might be.

In other cases of being convicted for abandoning a body, sentences have been anywhere from 2 to 22 years depending on different circumstances. In the video clip below it is stated Gumo “panicked”, and after wrapping Akitaya’s body in a tarp tied with nylon rope attached to a concrete block, placed Akitaya’s body in a boat then tossed her into Miura Bay. That’s quite an elaborate “panic” all the way to the airport to escape Japan. Apparently, the autopsy done on Akitaya’s body has no merit in this case as evidence. Even though Akitaya is with Gumo all the way up until she goes unconscious from alleged sleeping medication to tossing her body in Miura Bay? And Gumo takes no responsibility to revive her, get her to a hospital, call an ambulance, or tries to seek assistance? So Akitaya goes suicidal on Gumo while with him all that time?  This case is becoming more bizarre with every news release.
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Source: News On Japan

American to not be prosecuted for murder in death of Tokyo woman

Tokyo Reporter — February 2, 2016

An American male on trial at the Yokohama District Court in the death of a woman in Miura City last July will only be prosecuted on charges of abandoning a corpse, reports Nippon News Network.

At a hearing on Monday, prosecutors announced a change in their case against Gregory Gumo, a 41-year-old marketer in the entertainment industry, in the death of 42-year-old Mariko Akitaya, whose body was found floating in Koajiro Bay.

Prosecutors had previously asserted that Gumo had murdered Akitaya, a resident of Tokyo’s Meguro Ward, and dumped her body. However, prosecutors on Monday changed their case, claiming that she was still alive at the time of the abandonment.

“In a misguided belief that Akitaya was dead, Gumo, the defendant, dumped her body in the ocean while she was unconscious,” the side of the prosecution said.

Prosecutors also announced that a murder conviction will not be sought.

When asked to comment on the changes to the case, Gumo remained silent.

On the morning of July 29, Akita’s body was found wrapped in a brown plastic sheet and floating about 20 meters off the coast. A towing rope had been used to attach the body to a concrete block.

With an autopsy conducted on the body revealing a large quantity of water being present in the lungs, the cause of death was determined to be drowning.

On the same day Akitaya’s body was found, Gumo was stopped by police as he attempted to travel to the United States on an international flight from Haneda Airport. Gumo was arrested for abandoning the body of Akitaya on August 6.

三浦女性殺害について 「パニックで遺体を捨てた」

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14 thoughts on “Prosecution has no evidence for murder case against Gregory Gumo

  1. Agree BD. The prosecution really screwed this up. Do you think he is getting a ‘get of of jail free card’ because he is an American? I do. If he were a Philipino, African, Chinese,,,,FAHGEDABOUTIT.

  2. Just a guess but I’m wondering if his wife’s (family) reputation (money and influence in Yokohama) might have something to do with influencing this case. The police interviewed every last one of them for every possible piece of evidence. They enabled Gumo and although they knew Gumo’s nefarious activities nobody interceded or tried having him tossed out of Japan since 2001? If he is convicted of murder that would destroy the reputation of his Japanese “relatives.”

  3. Maybe. Along the same lines, one could also wonder if Gumo’s dad being a retired judge might have been a factor.

      • Exradite? Pretty funny. Maybe if he had made it onto the plane at Haneda. Then the Japanese might be trying to exradite him back to Japan. But in this case, mabe after his sentencing he can apply for a transfer to a US prison.

      • That’s a possibility although the FBI (FBI offices at US Embassy) and US law enforcement are always notified through the US embassy of crimes committed by Americans overseas. When Gumo hits the pavement in the US after being kicked out of Japan, if he isn’t granted a visa through his Japanese relatives sponsoring him (marriage visa) to remain in Japan (what a liability), I’m sure he will be picked up by US law enforcement. He apparently left a trail (child support I think) of misery in the US as well.

    • I highly doubt it would even matter to the police. But he might give some pointers on how to get the minimum sentence.

      • Gumo is obviously a pretty nasty piece of work. He has access to free public defense lawyers (liars) and the family of his wife probably standing behind (local reputation) him.

        It comes down to really f–k the victim.

  4. Maybe but unlikely. If he has child support payments or actual outstanding warrants for his arrest, then maybe they will detain and possibly arrest him at his point of entry to the US. But there are lots of things that could happen. He might be able to go to a different country. He might have warrants, but the FBI might not do anything about it due to other priorities. No doubt this guy has lots of people in the US and other countries very pissed off at him, but unless the FBI is motivated he will likely slip into the US and just slither under a rock someplace. In a while, he will figure out how to change his identity to disassociate himself from his reputation and he will likely end up tending bar or waiting tables in some city other than NY.

    • Unfortunately you are probably right. Justice served hey? Meanwhile, if he serves even a minimum jail sentence in Japan, he will be fed and clothed on the Japanese people until he is escorted to the airport for a one way flight. Slithering is a compliment considering his past.

      • One day some years from now you will be having a beer at a bar in some random city and you will look over at the guy next to you and it will be Gumo. He will smile at you, extend his hand and say, “I’m Greg. How ya doin?”

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