Hearing Slated for U.S. Marine Jailed in Mexico

A hearing is scheduled Monday in Tijuana for a U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country.

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's lawyer will have a chance at Monday's hearing to question Mexican officials who detained Tahmooressi, The Los Angeles Times reports.

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.

While he remains in jail, more than 130,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website demanding his release.

More than three weeks have past since Tahmooressi appeared before a judge at an evidentiary hearing that lasted for some nine hours and was closed to the media.

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