An update to the horrific murder of Lateisha Green, a young black transgender woman in Syracuse, New York. The victim was in the process of transitioning and reportedly shared this information with the alleged shooter, before he allegedly gunned her down in rage. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports prosecutors will beef up the murder charges.
An Onondaga County grand jury handed down the indictment Friday, charging Dwight DeLee with murder as a hate crime, murder and a weapons possession charge.
District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says DeLee shot [Green] dead Nov. 14 after hearing comments about [her] sexual orientation. [Green] was living as a woman. Relatives have described [her] as transsexual.
The 20-year-old DeLee faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Authorities believe 22-year-old Lateisha Green was "lured" to a party at a Syracuse home in November. That is where she shared her personal story with DeLee before being killed. Lateisha's 18-year-old gay brother was also shot. The 20-year-old ex-convict DeLee, who has "a history of weapons and drug charges", faces second degree murder and hate crime charges. DeLee plead not guilty and is being held without bail.
Despite several eyewitnesses and the statements by an accomplice, the defendant's family "doesn't believe" Dwight DeLee gunned down the young transgender woman and maintains he did "not" have extreme dislike of gay and transgender persons.
Some Background ...
Hate Crimes Charges in Syracuse Trans Murder?
No Bail for Syracuse Suspect, Victim ID'd as Trans
Black Syracuse Man Killed Simply for "Being Gay"
Family Defends Accused Killer of Transgender Woman