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  1. #1
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    Aug 2003
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    HI - Yoko Sanders, 38, found strangled, decapitated, Honolulu, 2 Nov 2002

    When a man accused of strangling a Waikiki woman goes on trial next week, his lawyer will claim that the woman was a prostitute who died accidentally while engaged in "asphyxiophilia" — the deliberate restriction of oxygen to the brain to intensify the sexual experience.

    In a statement filed in Circuit Court on Wednesday, Myles Breiner, the attorney for murder defendant Donald Marks, said Marks, 40, "adamantly maintains" that Yoko Sanders "death was the tragic result of sexual misadventure."

    The statement said that Marks will contend at trial that he and Sanders, 38 were engaged in "consensual bondage practices," including efforts to induce "hypoxia," or oxygen deprivation.

    Marks is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the Nov. 2, 2002, slaying.

    He had been renting a fifth-floor unit at a private condominium building at 2509 Ala Wai Blvd. for several months. Sanders' body was discovered in a unit on the same floor.

    The autopsy report on Sanders shows no defensive wounds, no broken finger nails or rope fibers in the fingernails which would indicate that Sanders tried to remove the rope from her neck, according to the trial memorandum.

    Despite multiple stab wounds, the autopsy found Sanders died of strangulation. Her head was found in a black plastic bag next to her body.


  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
    From November 2004:


    A 40-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole yesterday for the rape and strangulation of a prostitute whose decapitated body was found in her Waikiki apartment...

    Marks' record includes the rape of a 13-year-old babysitter. The judge had sentenced Marks to a 10-year prison term for the rape in 1994, but he had been released on parole about six months before Sanders' murder...

    Marks' lawyer, Myles Breiner... said his client has liver cancer, isn't likely to get a transplant and has only two or three years left to live. He said over his objections, his client chose to plead no contest.

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