Olongapo RTC to give verdict on Pemberton murder case
Jim Gomez (Associated Press) - November 30, 2015 - 4:35am
OLONGAPO, Philippines — The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74 plans to deliver its verdict in the emotion-charged case of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipino after discovering her gender when they checked into a hotel.
 
Officials plan heavy security for the ruling in the case involving US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton. Left-wing activists plan protests in Olongapo City, where Pemberton is accused of strangling to death Jennifer Laude after they met in a bar in October last year.
 
The killing sparked anger in the Philippines and reignited calls for an end to America's military presence at a time when the U.S. is reasserting its dominance in Asia, and Manila has turned to Washington for support amid a territorial dispute with China.

ACCUSED CASE CITY DIV JENNIFER LAUDE JOSEPH SCOTT PEMBERTON MARINE PFC OLONGAPO OLONGAPO CITY OLONGAPO CITY REGIONAL TRIAL COURT BRANCH PEMBERTON
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