Murder Trial Tests Colorado Hate-Crime Statute – NYTimes.com
From The New York Times:
GREELEY, Colo. — Angie Zapata was killed two weeks shy of her 19th birthday last summer, beaten to death with a flurry of fists and a fire extinguisher.
It was one of the most gruesome crimes this northern Colorado farming town has seen. The man accused of killing Ms. Zapata, Allen R. Andrade, 32, told the police that he had attacked her upon discovering that she was biologically a man, after the two met on the Internet and had a sexual encounter. In a chilling arrest affidavit, Mr. Andrade said he thought he had “killed it,” after striking Ms. Zapata in the head until she stopped breathing.
Now, Mr. Andrade stands accused of first-degree murder, in what national gay rights groups say is the first trial in which a hate-crime statute has been used to prosecute the killing of a transgender person.