Philippine court enters not guilty plea for US Marine

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court entered a not guilty plea Feb. 23 for a U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipino, allegedly after he discovered her gender when they checked into a hotel.

Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton refused to enter a plea in the brief proceeding in a court in Olongapo city northwest of Manila, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. Journalists were barred from the courtroom.

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