(UPDATE — Trial begins) Prosecutor throws book at murderer of Cleveland trans woman

andreybridgesTHE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATE: Trial begins for the murderer of trans woman Cemia Dove. See below.] The alleged murderer of Cemia Dove, a trans woman found dead floating in a pond tethered to a concrete block, was charged with murder, felonious assault, kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse and two other charges by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. Audrey Bridges of Cleveland remains in jail in lieu of a $5 million bond.

The murder of Cemia Dove earlier drew the attention of the international trans community following transphobic news coverage about the victim.

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The quick arrest and tough charges from the DA is a nice turn of events here. I’m thinking we’re going to see a plea bargain.

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UPDATE — Oct 30, 2013 Trial is now underway:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The trial of a Parma man [sic] accused of killing a 20-year-old transgender woman in April began Tuesday.

Cemia “Ce Ce” Dove was born Carl Acoff Jr., but self-identified as a woman and will be referred to by prosecutors during the trial as such. Dove’s body was found in an Olmsted Township pond, anchored by a block of concrete. Dove had been stabbed repeatedly.

Andrey Bridges, 36, is charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2013/10/man_on_trial_in_death_of_trans.html

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More on the transphobic news coverage: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/udated-cleveland-trans-woman-found-brutally-murdered-newspaper-hit-by-hrc-for-insulting-coverage/
Suspect in death of Cleveland transgender woman Cemia Dove indicted for murder, kidnapping.

andreybridges

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Categories: Deaths, Murder, Transgender, Transsexual, Trans, Transphobia, exploitation, dehumanizing, violence, hate

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6 replies

  1. any word on whether or not it’s been ruled Hate Crime yet?

  2. I’m glad they’re actually charging the offender with everything they can – times are a-changin’!

  3. Sorry – wrong post – I am not sure why it switched me.

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