Murder of transgendered woman in the States: is this the beginning of a transpanic defence?

Murder of transgendered woman in the States: is this the beginning of a transpanic defence?

Angie Zapata, a transgendered woman from Colorado was
murdered on July 17. A man has been arrested in the case.

The claims in the case are that one day, after meeting on a social networking site, Angie took the man back to her place and performed oral sex on him.

The following day, when the man came back, he is alleged to have asked Angie whether she was a woman, to be told “I’m all woman”. The man then allegedly grabbed Angie’s groin, discovered that Angie had a penis, and killed Angie.

It is only a question of time before the man’s lawyer will argue that his client panicked and killed Angie on the basis that he thought Angie was a woman, and then discovered that Angie was a man.

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