Philippine court enters plea of not guilty for U.S. Marine accused of murder

February 23, 2015 4:36 AM

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Philippine court enters plea of not guilty for U.S. Marine accused of murder

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - A Philippine trial court on Monday entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of a United States Marine accused of killing of a transgender Filipino, in a case that could test the strength of security ties between the two allies.

The Marine, Joseph Scott Pemberton, who is being held at a U.S. facility at the main Philippine army base, was charged with the murder of Jeffrey Laude, who was found dead on Oct. 11 in a hotel in Olongapo City, outside a former U.S. naval base.

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