was the first of a record 27 trans people murdered in the United States in 2016. Thanks to a tip from one of my TransGriot readers Lana Hunter, I've been made aware that the person accused of murdering her, JonCasey William Rowell, is about to go on trial for Loera's murder.
Yesterday Rowell was in court as a jury was empaneled in the 299th District Criminal Court in Austin for the trial that starts tomorrow.
Rowell was charged with first degree murder in this case.
Have a few Austin trans community members planning on checking out the proceedings in the trial in the hopes that our sister receives justice in this case. We'll also be watching to see if the defense attorney for Rowell attempts to use the trans panic defense which sadly is still legal to use in the Lone Star State.