Suspect charged in transgender woman’s murder

CHICAGO — A teenager has been charged with shooting a transgender woman on the South Side of Chicago last year, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The newspaper reported that 17-year-old Tremon T. Hill was charged on Sunday with first-degree murder in the slaying of Dejanay Stanton, a 24-year-old trans woman, last August.

From the Sun-Times:

Officers executed a search warrant at Hill’s home and found pants with “small red stains” and other clothing that matched what surveillance video showed Hill was wearing the day of the murder, Steinberg said.

Hill’s public defender said that cellphone records served as the only evidence, and that there was no surveillance video of the murder.

Judge Mary C. Marubio ordered Hill held without bail after saying she took into consideration the extensive electronic evidence including the ShotSpotter alert, the tracking of his movement from cell towers and that he stopped texting Stanton at the time of the murder.

Hill, who was charged as an adult and had no publishable criminal history, was scheduled for a review of his bail Monday.

Stanton was the 17th transgender person killed in 2018 and the first in Chicago.

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