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Extradition Near For Suspect In Philippines Murders

TWC News

A former U.S. Marine with ties to the Capital Region, charged with killing a couple in the Philippines, says his extradition is official and that he looks forward to finally fighting the charges.

Timothy Kaufman spoke to The Associated Press by phone Wednesday from a detention center in Los Angeles. He's been in prison since his April 2013 arrest in Clifton Park. The 36-year old is charged in the Philippines with the 2011 killing of a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend.

The island nation has been captivated by a case involving a 19-year old U.S. Marine facing trial, accused of killing a transgender woman in that country.

Jinky Baticados, a TV Journalist with Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation, thinks that case will not prevent Kaufamn from getting  a fair trial:   "It's not really a very big issue. Not to the general public."

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