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US Man Ordered to Court Over Girlfriend's Death in Playa del Carmen

Victim died of strangulation; boyfriend originally told her family that the death was a suicide
By The News · 10 of March 2016 11:26:14
GRAN AFLUENCIA SE REGISTRÓ EN PLAYAS DE QUINTANA ROO, 60130146. Playa del Carmen, 30 Ene 2016 (Notimex-Francisco Gálvez).- Gran afluencia de paseantes internacionales, se registró este sábado en las playas de Quintana Roo, al inicio del primer fin de semana largo del año. NOTIMEX/FOTO/FRANCISCO GÁLVEZ/FRE/HUM, No available

CANCUN, Mexico — A judge in Mexico has ordered a U.S. man to stand trial in the death of his American girlfriend in the Caribbean resort city of Playa del Carmen.

A prosecutor’s office employee said Thursday the judge ordered John Loveless to stand trial for allegedly killing Tamra Turpin. The employee was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Playa del Carmen was the site of the alleged murder ofPhoto: Notimex/Francisco Gálvez

Playa del Carmen was the site of the alleged murder of Tamra Turpin. Photo: Notimex/Francisco Gálvez

The woman was found dead last week in a condo the couple had rented, and a forensic examination concluded she died of asphyxia by strangulation.

Loveless told the woman’s sister that Turpin overdosed on prescription medications during a suicide attempt after an argument.

According to the prosecutors’ office in Quintana Roo state, where both Playa del Carmen and Cancun are located, Loveless faces charges of criminal homicide.

GABRIEL ALCOCER