The sheriff of a rural Arkansas county believes the brutal shooting and dragging death of a transgender woman was not a hate crime ... but probably a sexual encounter that "went bad."
The body of 25-five-year-old Marcal Camero Tye was discovered near a highway outside Forrest Hill on March 8. Preliminary evidence revealed Tye died of a gunshot to the head and had been dragged. Speaking to UALR Public Radio, St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May confirms the facts but insists this "a routine murder case and not a hate crime."
May says early reports that Tye was dragged behind a vehicle were misleading. The sheriff says Tye's body was caught beneath to the suspect's vehicle and dragged some 300 feet. May says there was evidence the suspect stopped the vehicle and backed up trying to dislodge the body from beneath the car. May says there was no indication that Tye was dragged by a rope or chain.
Though the sheriff says he hasn't ruled out anything, he believes this is a routine murder case and not a hate crime. He conjectured that Tye might have been out looking for sexual encounters at 2:00 a.m., then gotten involved in a liaison that somehow went bad.
Arkansas is only one of five states without a hate crimes law. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also involved in the investigation and will determine if Tye’s federal civil rights were violated.
Authorities have no suspects. Police did make plaster casts of tire tracks found at the site and also discovered two .32-caliber shell casings at the scene.
Watch WREG'S report—which unfortunately incl. incorrect pronouns—AFTER THE JUMP ...