Angie Zapata Case to Go to Trial

AngieZapata2_thumb.jpgIn July, we wrote about the horrific hate motivated killing of the young mujer Angie Zapata. Seems that the prosecutor in the case is ready to move forward with a trial.

According to Colorado’s KDRO-TV, alleged murderer Allen Ray Andrade was arraigned by Weld District Court Judge Marcelo Kopcow:

A Weld County district judge ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence against a man charged with killing a transgender woman to proceed with a trial.

Thirty-one-year-old Allen Ray Andrade is charged with first-degree murder after deliberation, felony motor vehicle theft, felony identity theft and bias-motivated crime in the death of Angie Zapata on July 17.

The defense was asking for a lessening of charges, specifically that the bias portion be dropped because this was a crime of passion and that Andrade’s reaction was provoked and caused understandable aggression.

A judge today refused to lower a first-degree murder charge against a 31-year-old man accused of beating to death a transgender woman he had oral sex with the night before her death.

Weld District Judge Marcelo Kopcow cited evidence that Allen Andrade hit 18-year-old Angie Zapata several times with a fire extinguisher in her Greeley apartment in July after he confronted her about her sexual orientation.

…Andrade’s lawyer, Annette Kundelius, argued that the murder charge should be reduced to second-degree murder because there was no deliberation in Andrade’s acts.

When Andrade confronted Zapata about her sexual leanings, Zapata told him she was “all woman” and smiled at him, Kundelius said. “This was a highly provoking act and would cause someone to have an aggressive action,” Kundelius said. “At best this is a case of passion.”

If anyone doubts that this is a hate crime, just listen to Andrade’s words and actions:

A man accused of beating a transgendered woman to death told his girlfriend in a phone call that he “snapped” and that “gay things need to die.”

The phone calls made by Allen Andrade, charged in the murder of the transgender woman Angie Zapata, while in jail to his girlfriend detailed that something bad had happened and that Andrade had made a mistake.

…The phone calls were also laden with derogatory remarks towards homosexuals, and he stated that people in jail are scared of him because of his reputation for wielding a fire extinguisher, which is the suspected murder weapon.

When Andrade’s girlfriend said her cell phone was dying during a call, he said that was gay and that gay things need to die.

Via / Pam’s House Blend

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