ZAMBALES, Philippines – The prosecution in the murder case against United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton completed its formal offer of evidence to an Olongapo City court on Tuesday, June 30.
Public Prosecutor Nolibien Quiambao told the media that the defense panel is expected to submit comments on their formal offer.
The US Marine is accused of killing Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in October 2014.
“The court will decide whether they’re going to admit the evidence we marked and presented to the court during the presentation of our case,” Quiambao said.
He said the trial will then continue on August 3, when the defense is scheduled to begin its presentation.
The prosecution presented its last witness, Richard Bush, a forensic consultant of the US Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) in Singapore.
Bush said he guided and directed the NCIS agents during the parallel investigation the NCIS conducted with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO).
A private prosecutor present during an earlier trial said Jessica LeCroy, a latent print examiner from the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, testified that Pemberton’s fingerprints were present on one of 3 condoms recovered by the door of the bathroom where Laude was found dead on October 11 last year. Her body was found in Celzone Lodge along Magsaysay Avenue.
Another expert witness, Derek Dorrien, testified that he had examined lubricants found in the 3 condoms and said Pemberton’s fingerprints matched those on a condom wrapper found in the motel room.
Dorrien said the lubricant matched the same substance found on Pemberton’s penile shaft as well as on Laude’s anal area.
SOCO testified that the other two condoms recovered from the room did not match Pemberton’s DNA samples.
A 3rd expert witness, forensic toxicologist George Jackson, said he took blood samples from Laude.
Pemberton, 19, was on shore leave on October 11, 2014, after participating in the joint Philippine-US military exercise.
He met Laude at an Olongapo bar. Both were later seen checking into a motel. – Rappler.com