UPDATE 5/29 4:00am

The waiting game continues for a South Florida Marine who's hoping to be released from a Mexican jail after being arrested on illegal gun charges.

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's first court hearing in Mexico didn't go so great. 

He fired his attorney after claiming he was being advised to lie in court about never having been in Mexico before...which now puts a spotlight on Tahmooressi's credibility.

Tahmooressi's next court hearing is being scheduled for next week.

He has already hired a new attorney.

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UPDATE 5/28 3:43pm

No chance at freedom yet for a South Florida Marine jailed in Mexico on illegal gun charges.

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi appearing in his first hearing Wednesday and FOX news is reporting he has fired his attorney, claiming he was told to lie about having never been in Mexico before.

The report states Tahmooressi admitted he had been to Mexico before, and was in the country earlier that same day he was arrested.

Tahmooressi has a public defender until his family hires a new lawyer.

He will remain in jail until another court hearing next week.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

 

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The fate of a Marine from Weston, Florida, jailed in Mexico for nearly two months lies in the hands of the unpredictable Mexican legal system that, by all expert accounts, bears little resemblance to the American court system.

Andrew Tahmooressi's Tijuana-based attorney says the sergeant will see a judge Wednesday as he faces serious charges for crossing into Mexico with illegal guns.

The attorney also told Fox News the judge hearing Tahmooressi's case is "oblivious to the American media."

Despite telling authorities he had guns in his car and did not mean to enter Mexico, Tahmooressi was still arrested.

Wednesday's hearing is just one step in the legal process.

Tahmooressi's attorney says a 911 call the Marine made from Mexico should work in his favor.

But, that evidence is not expected to be heard until another hearing June 4th.

South Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Florida Senator Marco Rubio have both expressed concern over lack of strong action by the U.S. Department of State to secure the release of the Marine.

 

 

 

(Photo: Courtesy, Jill Tahmooressi)