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Court Upholds Convictions in Transgender Slaying

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DENVER – The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of a man charged with first-degree murder and other counts in what prosecutors said was the bias-motivated killing of a transgendered Greeley woman.

Allen Andrade of Thornton was convicted in 2009 of deliberately beating 18-year-old Angie Zapata to death with a fire extinguisher in 2008 after learning she was biologically male. Defense attorneys argued Andrade had planned to meet Zapata for sex and snapped after learning she was born male.

Andrade argued in an appeal that jurors should’ve been told he was intoxicated. He also argued that a fire extinguisher found along a highway between Greeley and the Denver area shouldn’t have been admitted into evidence.

The court disagreed in a ruling Thursday and found the trial court acted appropriately.

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