Friday, July 17, 2009

Syracuse jury convicts man accused of killing Lateisha Green

An Onondaga County jury has just found Dwight R. DeLee guilty of manslaughter as a hate crime in connection with the murder of Lateisha Green last November.

DeLee shot and killed Green outside a Syracuse house party on Nov. 14. He reportedly targeted Green because he thought she was gay--although she was transgender. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation are among the groups that have worked with Green's family since the murder.

"It took a long time for Teish to live her life openly and proudly," Lateisha's mother, Roxanne Green, said in a press release earlier this year. "When she finally stood up and began living as who she was, she was taken away from me. I can't understand how anyone can hate someone so much because of who they are, and I hope that no other mother has to mourn a child killed because of who she was. I hope that justice will be done."

Boy in Bushwick will provide additional details of the verdict as they become available.

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