Template:Multiple issues. The events leading up to Araujo's death were the subject of a pair of criminal trials in which it was alleged that the attackers were angered by the discovery that Araujo — who, at the time, was living as female — was biologically male. Two of the defendants were convicted of second-degree murder, but the jury concluded that no hate crime was committed; two other defendants pleaded guilty or no contest to voluntary manslaughter.
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A Bay Area jury on Monday convicted two men of second-degree murder for killing transgender teenager Gwen Araujo at a party in October after they accused the year-old of deceiving them into believing she was biologically female. Michael Magidson and Jose Merel, both 25, face mandatory sentences of 15 years to life in prison, but were cleared of hate-crime charges in the killing. Sheppard declared a mistrial for a third man, Jason Cazares, after the jury announced it was deadlocked -- the second time a jury was unable to reach a verdict involving the year-old.
Every year in October, Sylvia Guerrero stays up, remembering nights when she would wait up for her year-old to come home. Gwen Araujo — born Edward "Eddie" Araujo — was a pre-operative transgender teenager who was born as a boy and lived life as a girl since the age of Her name was legally changed to Gwen Amber Rose Araujo two years after her death. In the early hours of Oct.
Not long after her disappearance, her body was found in a shallow grave in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. As her family grieved the violent death of their loved one, the case captured the attention of the national media. What advice would you give others who want to support a victim of hate and their family?
He was sporting his new look: a cascade of black hair with red streaks, perfect makeup and sculptured brows. His mother tried to understand. She even sensed something different about her son when he was a child.
My daughter was transgender and our case was a high profile case. She went to a party on October 3,in Newark, California where we lived at the time and never came home. She was severely beaten for hours in the early morning hours of October 4th, gagged, bound, strangled and hit over the head with an alleged soup can which caused blunt trauma to the head.
A man who was convicted of second-degree murder for his role in the brutal beating and strangulation death of Newark transgender teenager Gwen Araujo 14 years ago was granted parole by a state Board of Parole Hearings panel on Friday. However, the ruling by a two-member state Board of Parole Hearings panel on Wednesday to grant parole to Jose Merel, who's now 36, is only the beginning of a five-month process to determine whether he will be allowed to go free after 14 years in custody, according to Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Jill Klinge. The state Board of Parole Hearings' legal staff now has four months to review the ruling to see if it's consistent with the evidence that was presented at Merel's hearing at the Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, said Klinge, who participated in the hearing.