Marine faces trial in Mexico for crossing border with weapons

By Joseph J. Kolb ---- Fox News 

July 9, 2014

On his 101st day in captivity in Mexico, Andrew Tahmooressi arrived at a Tijuana courthouse, where his new lawyer vowed to get justice for the Marine held since March after mistakenly crossing into Mexico with guns.

U.S. Department of Defense. 

U.S. Department of Defense. 

The evidentiary hearing, at which Tahmooressi is expected to finally tell his story to a judge, has been delayed by both Mexico's unpredictable legal system and Tahmooressi's trouble settling on a lawyer. Tahmooressi did not speak as he was brought in under heavy guard, but his lawyer, Fernando Benetiz, said the 26-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan won't be reading from a script. And Benetiz said he will press the prosecution witnesses to get the truth.

 "I hope they tell the truth, because if not, I'm gonna make them tell the truth and it's not gonna be pretty," Benetiz said, prior to the hearing, set for 11:30 a.m. local time

Beneitiz urged caution, but Tahmooressi's mother said the family hopes federal Judge Victor Octavio Luna Escobedo will free him.

"Andrew expressed his hope to be released on Wednesday as the judge will hear his statement and conclude non-intentional approach of the U.S.A.- Mexico border," Jill Tahmooressi said.

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