Pemberton admits strangling Laude

By , on August 24, 2015

US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton (left) and Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude
US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton (left) and Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude

MANILA – During today’s court hearing, US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton recalled what he did during his ‘liberty time,’ admitting meeting and checking in a motel with slain Filipina transgender Jennifer Laude.

In the hearing at the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court , Pemberton disclosed what happened on October 11, 2014 – the day Laude was found dead in a motel room.

According to the marine, he first went to the mall then to bars. It was in Ambyanz Resto Bar where he met ‘two women,’ which were Laude and another unnamed woman.

They then went to Cellzone Lodge where one of the women engaged in an ‘oral sex’ with Pemberton. After the unnamed woman left, he had another ‘oral sex’ with Laude.

During the sex act, Pemberton reached down to Laude’s legs and found out that she also had a penis. Angered that he was being raped by ‘another man,’ he pushed her away but she recoiled by slapping him. Angering him more, he then strangled her.

Noticing that Laude was no longer moving, Pemberton then dragged her to the bathroom and tried to awaken her by pouring water to her face.

Pemberton left her in the motel room afterwards.