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Court date, bail set for sailor charged in death near Times Square

From Maureen Madden

Navy sailor Lisa Tedstone is shown in this undated photo.

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A navy petty officer accused of throwing a female sailor from a window of a hotel near Times Square is to appear in court Friday.

Petty Officer Brian Cooley, 29, from LaPorte, Indiana, was charged Sunday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Seaman Lisa Tedstone, 30, from Greenville, South Carolina. A judge Monday set his bail at $250,000 and ordered him to appear in court Friday to face possible action by a grand jury.

The body was found early Saturday in front of the Milford Plaza Hotel clad in a pair of men's boxer shorts and a T-shirt.

Tedstone had been pushed from a sixth-floor window, said police spokeswoman Ofc. Gennara Everleth.

Tedstone, Cooley and another sailor had checked into the hotel around 1 a.m., Everleth said. Cooley later checked into another room in the hotel, Everleth said, leaving Tedstone alone with the other sailor, who has not been identified publicly.

Cooley then returned to Tedstone's room, where the two began arguing while the third sailor slept. At some point, the argument became physical and the woman was pushed from the window, Everleth said.

Police questioned the two sailors Saturday and filed charges against Cooley early Sunday.

The Navy has sent a liaison to assist the police, said Navy spokesman Cmdr. Terry Sutherland, and it has the option of carrying out its own investigation after the civilian case is completed.

Tedstone's 10-year-old son was in the custody of her parents in Greenville.

The sailors were assigned to the USS Wasp, which is based in Norfolk, Virginia, but is docked at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Monmouth, New Jersey. The amphibious assault ship participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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