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Murder charges filed against US marine in death of transgender woman

Joseph McCormick December 15, 2014
Jennifer Laude Philippines

Jennifer Laude, who was strangled to death by the US marine.

Murder charges were filed on Monday by prosecutors in the Philippines against a US marine in the death of a transgender woman.

This comes after 26-year-old Jennifer Laude Sueselbeck was found strangled in October, naked with her head in a toilet near a US Navy Base.

US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton – who was one of hundreds of US marines in the area for a training exercise – was formally charged of the woman’s murder a few days later.

Pemberton’s lawyer later filed a motion to “declare the absence of probable cause for murder or any other crime”.

The head of public prosecution today announced that a lawsuit had been filed, saying there was a strong case after a review of evidence.

The court, in Olongapo City, which is handling the case, is expected to issue an arrest warrant for Pemberton this week.

A witness has claimed Laude’s body was discovered after she shared a room alone with Pemberton at Celzone lodge.

Pemberton failed to make an appearance during preliminary investigation in October.

Politicians in the Philippines are pushing for a tougher anti-discrimination law following the incident, which has also stirred anti-US sentiment.

More: Asia, Jennifer Laude Sueselbeck, joseph scott pemberton, murder, Philippines, strangle, Trans, Transgender, US

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