Transgender woman sentenced to men’s prison in Minnesota killing

From The LA Times:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-transgender-woman-sentenced-to-mens-prison-20120618,0,7339203.story

By Matt Pearce
June 18, 2012

Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald, 24, and some friends, all of whom were black, were walking outside a Minneapolis bar last June when four white people began calling to them using racial and other types of epithets.

McDonald, who was born a man and is transitioning to a woman, later testified that she and her friends tried to walk away. But, authorities say, one of the bar patrons, Molly Flaherty, smashed a glass of alcohol against McDonald’s face, cutting her.

A fight broke out. At one point, Flaherty’s ex-boyfriend, Dean Schmitz, said: “Look at that boy dressed like a girl,” according to McDonald’s testimony.

He subsequently pulled McDonald out of the melee. Then he put a hand to his shirt and said, “You stabbed me,” according to a witness. To which McDonald replied, according to the witness, “Yes I did.”

With a pair of scissors, in the chest.

Schmitz, a father of three, died on the scene.

The aftermath of the June 5, 2011, killing has been a controversial one in Minnesota, with the transgender community rallying to support McDonald.

Continue reading at:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-transgender-woman-sentenced-to-mens-prison-20120618,0,7339203.story

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