First Transgender Hate Crime Trial Opens in Zapata Murder Case

Source: Public News Service, CO, USA

Greeley - A landmark trial begins this week in Weld County, Colo. It is believed to be the first murder prosecution under hate-crime laws that involves a transgender victim. The case is last year's brutal killing of Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman who was attacked in her Greeley apartment. The suspect in the case is charged with a number of crimes, including first-degree murder and a "bias-motivated" or hate crime. "

"Colorado was the first state in the nation to pass a hate-crime law, in 1988. Mindy Barton, legal director at the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, says it was amended in 2005 to include sexual orientation and gender identity."

"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that these charges have been filed in an anti-transgender-specific case."

Public News Service - CO
April 2009
Criminal Justice
GLBTQ Issues
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