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Natsumi Kogawa murder trial continues in Vancouver

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A witness in the trial of a man accused of second-degree murder in the death of Natsumi Kogawa took the stand on Wednesday, describing a conversation he had with the accused sometime during the first week of September 2016, just weeks before the Japanese student went missing.

WATCH: Brother of accused killer William Schneider testifies at Kogawa murder trial

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Trevor Travis is a guest advocate at Catholic Charities Men’s Hostel where Schneider stayed at the homeless shelter around the time of Kogawa’s disappearance.

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Travis said Schneider “was excited about how he recently met a Japanese girl in Vancouver… He seemed quite happy….. and he mentioned they had gone on a hike and were thinking of going camping… He was genuinely happy… which was concerning because of his wife and son in Japan.“

WATCH: Friends of Natsumi Kogawa, whose body was found in a suitcase at Vancouver’s Gabriola Mansion, testified Wednesday at the trial of the man accused of killing her. Grace Ke has the story.

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Kogawa’s body was found a few weeks later at the Gabriola Mansion, a historic building in Vancouver’s West End.

READ MORE: Second-degree murder charge laid in death of Japanese student Natsumi Kogawa

Schneider was arrested by the RCMP in Vernon on the same day that Kogawa’s body was found.

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Schneider pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with human remains.

— With files from Amy Judd