U.S. Marine Jailed in Mexico on Weapons Charges Appears in Court

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    A U.S. Marine confined to a Mexican jail since April on weapons charges appeared in federal court in Tijuana on Monday. NBC 7’s Diana Guevara explains what happened in court.

    A U.S. Marine confined in Mexico since April on weapons charges appeared in federal court in Tijuana on Monday.

    In the appearance – his third in the case -- Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's lawyer questioned both agents and members of the Mexican military who detained Tahmooressi for eight hours.

    Tahmooressi’s attorney said he believes his client’s rights were repeatedly violated, while prosecutors said they were using proper procedure. They also claim to have proof that Tahmooressi did not stop or ask for help once he crossed the border like he said he did.

    The judge did not make a ruling in the case on Monday. The Marine will remain in jail.

    Meanwhile, his mother, his attorney and other supporters will hold a news conference Tuesday to present more evidence in his defense.

    The veteran of two tours of Afghanistan who is now in the reserves was arrested at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on April 1. Mexican officials say they found a rifle, shotgun, pistol and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his pickup truck.

    The 26-year-old Tahmooressi told authorities he accidentally entered Mexico when he made a wrong turn at the border crossing.

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