Ex-US Marine denies PH killings

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ALBANY, New York—A former US Marine facing murder charges in the Philippines denied at his extradition hearing Thursday that he entered a home and shot a couple.

Timothy Kaufman is one of three men charged with the 2011 killing of a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend.

Kaufman told the court he was not involved in the killing of David Balmer, 54, and 26-year-old Elma de Guia. The couple was found dead on Sept. 2, 2011, in a home owned by a club owner who was friends with Balmer.

Kaufman said he was in the Philippines helping a friend with an electronics company and helping at the US Embassy. He did not elaborate.

Kaufman, 35, was arrested in April in the United States.

Assistant US Attorney Rick Belliss told the judge there is sufficient evidence against Kaufman to meet the terms of the extradition treaty with the Philippines.

Magistrate Randolph Treece will issue a written decision sometime after July 12. Lawyers said the ultimate decision whether to extradite Kaufman will come from the US secretary of state.

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  • akramgolteb

    Pagbinalik dito sa Pinas yan pakakawalan lang ng preso natin yan. It’s more pun talaga sa Feylifines for everyone including criminals: commit a crime, get caught, get released & commit a crime again & again another day.

    • kanoy

      that is because the RP loves and protects murderers & other criminals

      they are in office they run to save them in other countries they elect them to office while serving life sentences and they harbor them from justice in other countries
      The Court of Appeals has rejected a US request to extradite a
      Filipino-American businessman charged with conspiring to kill his wife
      to collect $300,000 in insurance money in California.

      “(T)he petitioner failed to submit any statement from either of the
      two convicts or from any other person with personal knowledge of Tasa’s
      participation in the crime,” it said.
      Instead, the US simply offered the transcripts of testimonies of
      witnesses Timmra Nakamura and Michel Nakamura Hartley, which the Manila RTC said were mere hearsay.
      TASA HIMSELF TOOK OUT THE $300,000 POLICY ON HIS WIFE 1 MONTH BEFORE HER MURDER HE COLLECTED IT THEN ABANDONED ALL HIS CARS HOUSE BUSINESS AND RAN HERE—INNOCENT PEOPLE DO NOT FLEE WHILE ABANDONING HIS LIFES WORK

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    PTSD again?

  • Johnny

    Broken 1987 constitution -> Broken system-> Broken Lives

    • batangpaslit

      poetic lines, eh?

  • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

    David Balmer, 54, and 26-year-old Elma de Guia.

    (This age difference seems common among foreign men and Filipinas.)

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