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Former Marine awaits extradition to the Phillipines

Former Marine awaits extradition to the Phillipines
Posted Thursday, June 27th 2013 @ 5pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ A former U.S. Marine accused of killing two people in the Philippines will have to wait a couple of weeks to find out if he'll be extradited to that country.

Timothy Kaufman of Knoxville, Tenn., was arrested in April near his grandfather's Albany-area home. The 35-year-old is one of three men charged by authorities in the Philippines with the 2011 killing of a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend.

Philippine authorities say Kaufman participated in a premeditated killing in an area known for its sometimes-seamy club scene.

At an extradition hearing Thursday in federal court in Albany, Kaufman told the judge he's innocent of murder charges.

The judge said he'll issue a written decision, which won't come until at least July 12.

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