Suspect walks in NY transgender death case
NEW YORK (AP) — The case against a suspect arrested in connection with the fatal beating of a transgender woman in Manhattan has been dismissed.
The Daily News says 20-year-old Paris Wilson left Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday as prosecutors said they were not ready move ahead in the case.
The victim, 21-year-old Islan Nettles, was attacked in Harlem in August. Police say she and a friend, another transgender woman, ran into a group of men who made anti-gay remarks.
Police say one of the men punched her in the face. She lapsed into a coma and later died.
Wilson was arrested on assault charges, but upgraded charges were pending because the victim died. His lawyer says Wilson never laid a hand on the woman.
Prosecutors say the case remains active.