NY hearing adjourned for TN man in murder case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A former U.S. Marine accused of killing two people in the Philippines has asked a federal judge in upstate New York to postpone an extradition hearing.

Timothy Kaufman has been jailed since his arrest in April near his grandfather’s Albany-area home. He is one of three men charged in the Philippines with the 2011 killing of a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend. Philippine authorities seeking the 35-year-old Kaufman’s return say he participated in the killing in an area known for its sometimes-seamy club scene.

Kaufman has denied the allegations, saying in a jailhouse letter to the media that he’d never do something “so heinous and stupid.”

The extradition hearing was set for 2 p.m. Tuesday Albany but was rescheduled for Thursday.

Kaufman is originally from Knoxville, Tenn.