British boxer denies killing US Marine in Thailand

A British kickboxer on Monday pleaded not guilty to the murder of a former US marine as he appeared in court on the Thai resort island of Phuket, his lawyer said.

Lee Aldhouse, 30, is accused of stabbing to death 23-year-old Dashawn Longfellow -- who was in Phuket after sustaining a combat injury in Afghanistan -- following a bar fight in 2010.

Aldhouse, known in Phuket by his ring name "The Pitbull", fled to his home country after the incident and become the first British suspect to be extradited to Thailand under a century-old treaty.

"Lee Aldhouse denied the charge of murder," his lawyer Kampon Siriwatunyoo said by telephone.

If convicted Aldhouse could face the death penalty or up to a life sentence in prison.

The next hearing is scheduled for August 7, Kampon said.