Memphis Man Charged With Murder In Japan
(Tokyo, Japan)19-year-old Richard Hinds of Memphis has been charged with the murder of Nicola Furlong in Tokyo in May.
Hinds reportedly confessed to killing Furlong when she refused his sexual advances.
Furlong was a student from Ireland visiting Tokyo.
The Daily Mail reports Hinds was captured on camera wheeling Furlong to his room at the Keio Plaza Hotel in the city’s Shinjuku district at around 1am on May 24.
Furlong appears to be unconscious in the wheelchair.
Police believe that her drink may have been spiked and are waiting on toxicology results.
James Blackston of Los Angeles is not charged in connection with the murder but is charged, along with Hinds, of sexually assaulting another female student also from Ireland.
(Memphis) A Memphis man is in a Japanese prison accused of strangling an Irish girl to death in Tokyo.
19-year-old Richard Hinds and his fellow dancer James Blackston are being held as part of the investigation of what happened to Irish exchange student Nicola Furlong.
Under the Japanese law the two men can be held for a long period of time while investigators collect evidence.
According to International media reports, Nicola Furlong was found dead of strangulation in a hotel room after a Nicki Minaj concert.
A hotel worker went into the room after complaints of loud noises and found Richard Hinds next to Furlong’s body May 24th.
Hinds, who is from Memphis, and James Blackson are not charged in Furlong’s death, but are detained on suspicion of giving alcoholic drinks to Furlong’s friend and then groping her inside a taxi.
Hinds’ friend and youth minister Karlos Nichols tells News Channel 3 Hinds is “an amazing and extremely talented person.
Richard is very talented and honest, and he has been very consistent all the years I’ve known him.”
Nichols says Hinds’ family hasn’t talked to him yet and is working to get him home.
Eva Watson feels sorry for the family.
“They’re going through some changes. Hurt, sorrow, you know that’s it. I know they’re hurting,” said Watson.
Gary Armijo knows what it’s like to be in trouble with the law in Japan. Once when Armijo traveled to Japan his friend was arrested by accident.
“They took him in and took him to jail for three days before we found out where he was. Fed him fish heads and rice. They shaved his head. His friend was eventually cleared because he wasn’t who they thought he was,” said Armijo.
Richard Hinds’ family called Memphis minster LaSimba Gray to ask for help in getting the teen home and he referred them to Congressman Steve Cohen’s Office and the Japanese Embassy. Congressman Cohen’s office says so far no one from the family has contacted him about Hinds.