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Extradition Near For Suspect In Philippines Murders

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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."

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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