Black trans woman killed in S. Carolina is the 12th in 2019

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ABOVE: Denali Berries Stuckey, photo via Twitter.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) | The 12th known transgender person to violently die this year was found fatally shot in South Carolina.

News outlets report 29-year-old Denali Berries Stuckey was found dead July 20 on the shoulder of a North Charleston road. Deputy Chief Scott Deckard said Monday the investigation is ongoing.

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With 2018’s third transgender murder in Jacksonville, advocates seek justice and solidarity

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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At least 28 known transgender men and women were murdered nationwide in 2017, the highest number on record. On June 24, just over 2018’s midpoint, the murders of two transgender women brought this year’s total to half that—prompting community advocates to demand justice for the 14 transgender lives lost.

One of those murders was that of Cathalina Christina James, a transgender woman of color who lived her life as more than a disturbing statistic stemming from Jacksonville, Fla. James’ death sparked outrage and stoked fear for the transgender community in Florida’s fourth most populous city, with local leaders fearing a serial killer stalked Jacksonville’s streets.

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A decade after Caylee Anthony went missing, former Orange County CSI Robin Maynard-Harris recalls the events

By : Jeremy Williams
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So much has been written about Casey Anthony, her daughter Caylee’s disappearance and the subsequent discovery of Caylee’s body.

The media circus surrounded Central Florida in the years between Casey Anthony being arrested for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter in Oct. 2008 and her shocking acquittal for murder in July 2011. Many involved in the investigation and the case have spoken out to news network talk show hosts, written books and gone on press tours explaining what happened. One person who kept silent was Orange County Sheriff’s crime scene investigator, Robin Maynard-Harris.

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Man gets maximum prison term for murder of transgender woman near Cornell campus

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A 47-year-old Ithaca man has received the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for killing a woman whose body was found at a construction site near Cornell University.

Michael Davis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February. He admitted he killed 28-year-old Josie Berrios in June. He was sentenced Friday in Tompkins County Court.

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Charges lowered, men sentenced in 2016 Md. trans murder

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVEKeyonna Blakeney, 22, was stabbed to death in 2016. Photo courtesy Facebook.

In a little-noticed development, prosecutors in Montgomery County last year dropped first-degree murder and armed robbery charges against two D.C. men arrested for the April 16, 2016 murder of transgender woman Keyonna Blakeney, 22, in her room at the Red Roof Inn in Rockville, Md.

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No hate crime charges in transgender teen’s grisly killing

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HOUSTON, Mo. (AP) – Authorities say her eyes were gouged out and her genitals stabbed, but that the death of transgender teenager whose burned remains were found near the mobile home of one of her alleged killers in rural southern Missouri, her bones discarded in a chicken coop, was not a hate crime.

The remains of 17-year-old Ally Lee Steinfeld were found last week in the town of Cabool.

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Arrest made in Baltimore murder of gay man

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Eric Jones was arrested in the beating death of George Ted Yurek. (Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Police Department)

Baltimore City police on Sunday arrested a 52-year-old man, whose photo they released days earlier as a person of interest, for the Sept. 3 beating death of George Ted Yurek.

Police said Yurek, who was also 52, was found about 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 in an alley near the Baltimore jail suffering from a severe head wound. He was last seen alive by friends and family members at the Baltimore gay bar Grand Central the night before he was found in the alley, police said.

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Man charged in Md. trans murder sentenced to 30 years

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge on Aug. 18 handed down a sentence of 30 years in prison for one of two D.C. men charged in the April 2016 stabbing death of a transgender woman at the Red Roof Inn motel in Rockville, Md.

The sentence came after Keith Renier, 22, of Southeast D.C. pleaded guilty on June 22 of this year to second-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of Keyonna Blakeney, 22, during what police and prosecutors said was a robbery gone bad inside Blakeney’s room at the motel.

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Michigan man in 1995 (Jenny Jones) murder case to be released from prison

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DETROIT (AP) – A Michigan man convicted in the 1995 murder of another man who expressed romantic interest in him on national television is expected to be released from prison.

Jonathan Schmitz was 24 years old when his acquaintance, 32-year-old Scott Amedure, revealed he was romantically interested in him during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show. Schmitz, who said he wasn’t gay, fatally shot Amedure in Lake Orion days after the taping.

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Prosecutor: Rapper accused of murder thought man hit on him

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NEW YORK (AP) – A New York prosecutor said Thursday that a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five stabbed a homeless man to death in Manhattan after he became enraged because he thought the man believed he was gay and was hitting on him, and he feared he would be robbed.

Rapper Kidd Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was returned to jail without bail by Judge Phyllis Chu on Thursday after an initial appearance in a Manhattan criminal court on a second-degree murder charge.

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Trial begins for man charged in D.C. murder of trans woman

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A D.C. Superior Court trial began on Wednesday for a District man charged with first-degree murder while armed for the February 2012 stabbing death of transgender woman Deoni JaParker Jones, 23, at a bus stop in Northeast Washington.

Police and prosecutors charged Gary N. Montgomery, who was 55 at the time of the incident, with stabbing Jones in the head as she stood at a bus stop near her home at East Capitol Street and Sycamore Road, N.E. on the evening of Feb. 2, 2012.

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Iraqi actor tortured and murdered for ‘appearing gay’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Karar Noshi, an Iraqi actor and model, was tortured and murdered for “appearing” gay.

Noshi, whose sexual identity is publicly unknown, was nicknamed the “Beauty King” of Iraq. Noshi was reportedly targeted for his long hair and wearing tight-fitting clothing.

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