The decision by the department now paves the way for his trial to resume though it was unclear when.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday rejected a plea of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with his indictment for murder for killing transgender woman Jennifer Laude in Olongapo City, Zambales in October 2014.
In a resolution signed by Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar, the Justice Department affirmed the Olongapo City Prosecutor’s Office finding that there is probable cause against Pemberton.
“After a judicious scrutiny of the evidence on record, the DOJ found that all elements of murder are satisfied, thus, there is no reason to alter, modify or reverse the resolution of the City Prosecutor of Olongapo City,” the DOJ said.