Tuesday, December 22, 2015

#TransLivesMatter: Carlton Champion Guilty Of Murdering Ty Underwood ... UPDATED

It took just two hours of deliberations for the jury to find Carlton Champion Jr., a former football player at Texas College, guilty of murdering a transgender woman, Ty Underwood.

Throughout the trial, the state claimed text messages showed that Underwood and Champion — who were in a relationship — planned to meet the night she was killed; they state argued that the location of the scheduled meeting wasn't far from where Underwood's body was discovered.

On the other hand, the defense said that while the couple was planning to meet, there was nothing to prove Champion actually met Underwood that night. But, the defense did not call one single witness in the trial.

Carlton Champion could face life in prison. 

And apparently, he has no remorse for the crime, because after the verdict was read, and he was being handcuffed by officers, Carlton Champion shouted to the courtroom:
"I'll be back on the street."
Hopefully that won’t happen for many years to come.
UPDATE: Carlton Champion Jr. has been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

KLTV
Tyler Morning Telegraph

3 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Well, being in Texas, life is a good option.
(here in WA we are looking at having a 'ban
the death penalty on the ballot in '16. The
current gov. has not, and will not, let any
go forward in his term.)

Sadie J said...

So good to hear a real prison term for a change instead of a slap on the wrist!

Mitchell is Moving said...

I suppose it's heartening to know the jury and the court, at least, valued the life of Ty Underwood.