U.S. Marine in Philippine murder case makes first court appearance

December 19, 2014 4:53 AM

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U.S. Marine in Philippine murder case makes first court appearance

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - A United States Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino appeared in a Philippine court for the first time on Friday, as his lawyers sought the suspension of the trial, 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, northwest of Manila.

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