LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — The murderer of a trans woman killed in Edmonton, Alberta on November 2013 was recently sentenced to 8 years in prison. The judge accepted a plea bargain agreed upon by the defendant and the prosecutor. The victim, Rosa (aka Rose, Dido) was found dead from blunt force injuries in a motel room the day after she was killed.
The killer, Marcel Cristian Niculae, fled the country after beating the victim and leaving her for dead. Later, following contact with his parents, he returned to Canada and arrested. He was given credit for time served awaiting trial and now has just over 6 years left to serve.
In Los Angeles county, Stephen Gonzales was sentenced 26 to life for the September 2013 murder of trans woman Melony Smith in Baldwin Park. A jury convicted Gonzales of first degree murder for beating the victim to death in a motel.
Courtroom coverage of Gonzales’ trial was reported in Planet Transgender and you can read that here: Man convicted for murdering trans woman Melony Smith | Planet Transgender
Since TDOR 2015, there has been 4 convictions of murderers of trans people. (The victims: Jennifer Laude, Ashton O’Hara, Melony Smith and Rosa). If any one knows of any others, please comment below!
Earlier convictions of other murderers: https://lexiecannes.com/2016/01/24/justice-for-two-transgender-murder-victims-judge-throws-book-at-sentencing/
My initial report on Rosa: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/12/15/trans-woman-found-dead-in-edmonton-detroit-victim-identified/
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/