Allen Ray Andrade, the man who murdered Angie Zapata, was just minutes ago convicted on the two main charges of first degree murder and bias-motivated crime (hate crime). He was also convicted of the significantly lesser charges of vehicle theft and identity theft.
As far as I’m aware as of writing, those are the highest convictions on all charges against him. And for his heinous crime, at 4:00PM MDT, Andrade will be sentenced to mandatory life without parole.
It took the jury only about 2 hours to deliberate. Only about 2 hours.
The trans panic defense failed, seemingly by a landslide. Like my co-blogger Jack and others, I am not convinced that this is actually justice for Angie — when a woman is dead and nothing can bring her back, I don’t really think there is such a thing as “justice” anymore. But it is the best we could have hoped for in this particular case. And I am in relieved shock.
Read more about the “trans panic defense” here.