Her killer, Allen Ray Andrade, on the other hand, has been found guilty of murder in the first degree, and with a bias crime enhancement. When he said
"It's not like I just went up to a school teacher and shot her in the head, you know what I mean? It's not like I went up to a law-abiding straight citizen."The Jury thought otherwise, and thereby acquitted the murder victim of all charges.
Some people do not realise how big a deal this is. You see, in the last 30 years, close on 1000 transgendered women have been murdered in the USA. In many cases the prosecution proved pre-meditation.
But the last time anyone was convicted of murder in the first degree, merely for killing a "tranny" was in 1977. None since. Not once.
Here's a summary of the outcomes of the previous two cases where a trans woman was killed in the US, and they caught the killers:
Alexis King was shot in a drive-by that went wrong. Using an illegal firearm, the killer shot her once in the side, then once again in the back as she staggered away for help. But his van wouldn't re-start, so he ditched the gun before the police came. They found it though, with his prints on. He raised a "Trans Panic" defence. Verdict : Voluntary Manslaughter
Amancio Morales was stabbed 24 times by her killer, her body put in the trunk of his car, then dumped in a river. The killer fled to Mexico, but was arrested on his return as he'd confessed to friends and family what he'd done. He raised a "Trans Panic" defence. Verdict: ATTEMPTED manslaughter.
In Greeley, Colorado yesterday, a jury took only two hours to find Angie was a full human being, and that her death in a pre-meditated crime was murder in the first degree.
This is as big a deal as obtaining a conviction against a white man for killing a black teen in Alabama in 1950. It changes the rules.
In terms of the sentence for Angie's killer, it makes no difference. He was going to go down for 64 years without parole on the other charges. But in terms of the trial of Angie Zapata, it meant everything. Her validation as a human being.
Of course some disagree. From The Denver Channel
“MUCH RESPECT TO ALLEN ANDRADE HE INSPIRED MY NEXT TATTOO "ALL GAY THINGS MUST DIE" FREE ALLEN
“Murder should be punished by life in prison or death. Now, that being said, the trans gender community should WAKE UP and realize that people have LIMITS. We're trying to be tolerant, non-judgmental, and fair but then one of you PULLS A NASTY FAST ONE like this and BAM! We get dead man and a life wasting away in prison. You can't provoke someone and then act like the victim when the object of your antagonism explodes! No, the dude did not deserve to die, but had he lived, he should have been charged with sexual assault or rape, because his unwitting "partner" did NOT give his CONSENT to homosexual acts. At the very least Justin deserved a good beating.
“What is happening in this world? This man was RAPED by Justin. How dare ANYONE go about their lifestyle (regardless of male or female) and lead another to believe they are who they are not! Yes, he will face his true sentence when he answers to God, who created each of us as we are, under Natural Law, not conditioned to be someone we weren't meant to be. God bless Allen Andrade and his family. Also bless the family of the Justin, the victim, and allow them to view this situation as an example of what can happen when we go against Natural Law, the way God created us.
“I must respond to the comment prior to mine…this product of 'Sodom and Gomorrah' is "not a creation by my Master or Savior in any way of the means…" he was the creation of people that cognizes as you and that has enabled people as such to behavior in the way that he died. this dude received what his hand asked for!!! He deceived the wrong man this time and "HELL" his surly lifted his!!! Read the book of "Romans" and acknowledge and accept the "Laws" of God regarding 'Sexual Conduct!!!" God has not and does not alter Thee 'Laws' that was ascribe for us to follow for the purpose to satisfy defile desire of mankind!!!