Ex-US Marine suspected in double murder in Philippines dies in jail

By on August 26, 2015

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MANILA, Philippines — Police say a former U.S. Marine facing double murder charges in the Philippines has died of a heart attack in a northern city jail.

Senior Police Officer Evelyn Pineda of Angeles City said Wednesday that 37-year-old Timothy Kaufman was found unconscious and was declared dead on arrival at a hospital on Aug. 15.

Kaufman was one of three men, including another American and a Filipino, accused in the murder of David Balmer, a former Irish police officer, and Balmer’s girlfriend, Elma de Guia, in September 2011.

The Filipino, Jesus Santos, has been arrested, while the other American, Joseph Tramontano, is at large.

Kaufman, from Knoxville, Tennessee, was arrested near his grandfather’s upstate New York home in April 2013 and was extradited to the Philippines in November 2014.