Court for ex-Marine accused in Philippines murders

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Associated Press

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Updated Thursday, May 9 at 3:33 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Philippine authorities seeking the extradition of a former U.S. Marine arrested last month in upstate New York say they have linked him to guns used in a double killing in 2011 in the Philippines.

Police arrested 35-year-old Timothy Kaufman on a fugitive from justice warrant. He's charged along with two other men of shooting to death a retired Irish police officer and his girlfriend.

Authorities seeking his return allege a pre-meditated killing in an area known for its sometimes seamy club scene.

Kaufman's grandfather, Sidney Kaufman, says his grandson is a fine person who served his country.

Federal prosecutors had intended to argue in court Thursday for Kaufman's continued detention as the extradition process plays out. Kaufman's lawyer waived the scheduled hearing but may request another date.

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