- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - The trial of a former Marine who is accused of killing the pregnant wife of another marine has been moved from Joshua Tree to San Bernardino after the only two judges in the city were disqualified from the case.

Christopher Brandon Lee is standing trial for first-degree murder in the killing last year of 19-year-old Erin Corwin.

The Desert Sun reports (https://desert.sn/1iLyFQ0 ) that both judges in Joshua Tree were removed from the case by peremptory challenges. A peremptory challenge allows any party in a criminal court case to disqualify one judge without providing clear reason.

Prosecutors say that Corwin and the married Lee were lovers. Her husband and Lee were both stationed at the Twentynine Palms Marine base.

Lee was arrested in August 2014 after Corwin’s body was found down a 100-foot mineshaft near Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert.

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Information from: The Desert Sun, https://www.mydesert.com/

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