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Trial begins in Philippines of US Marine charged with murder

Trial begins in Philippines of US Marine charged with killing transgender Filipino

Trial begins in Philippines of US Marine charged with murder

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine court has begun the trial of a U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipino after allegedly discovering her gender when they checked into a hotel.

A court official says Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was taken by American escorts to a heavily guarded courtroom for the trial in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila.

Government prosecutors presented their first witness, a hotel worker who identified Pemberton as having been with Jennifer Laude shortly before she was found dead last October in the bathroom of a hotel room.

Prosecutors say they had checked into the hotel after meeting in a bar. Pemberton, from Bristol, Massachusetts, is charged with murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.


Updated : 2020-12-04 00:28 GMT+08:00