US Marine charged in PH double murder dies

MANILA – A former US marine facing double murder charges in the Philippines has died of a heart attack.

Authorities say 37-year-old Timothy Kaufman was found unconscious in jail and was declared on arrival in a hospital on Aug. 15.

Kaufman was one of three men accused in the 2011 murder of David Balmer, a former Irish police officer and Balmer’s girlfirend Elma De Guia near Angeles City in Pampanga.

The Texas-based Kaufman was arrested near his grandfather’s home in New York in 2013 and was extradited back to the Philippines last year.

He denied any involvement in the killings.

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