#AceWorldNews – MANILA – October 27 – The Philippines is to put a US Marine on trial for killing a transgender Filipino outside a former US Navy base, Reuters reported.
Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to charge him with murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton failed to answer a murder complaint by the Monday deadline set by prosecutors.
Pemberton skipped the prosecutor’s preliminary hearing in Olongapo City, north of Manila.
His lawyer, Rowena Garcia-Flores, said that any planned murder charge should be reduced to manslaughter.
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