A jury has found a man guilty of the murder of a transgender youngster in Washington in 2019.
The jury convicted David Bogdanov, 27, Friday, of second-degree murder of Nikki Kuhnhausen, 17, in December 2019, and malicious harassment of her under the state’s hate crime statute, according to Clark County Superior Court records, CNN reported.
Kuhnhausen went missing in June 2019 and her remains were found six months later in a heavily wooded area of Larch Mountain near Vancouver, Wash., KGW8 reported.
Police tracked down Bogdanov, who had been messaging with Kuhnhausen on Snapchat the day of her disappearance, through social media and phone records.
Prosecutors say Bogdnaov became outraged after discovering Kuhnhausen was biologically male and murdered her.
Bogdanov was the only witness in his defence, and he said he strangled Kuhnhausen with a smartphone charger cable in self-defense after she lunged for a revolver.
He also stated that he would be embarrassed if his family discovered he had been with a transsexual woman.
The sentencing date is set for September 9.
Outrage over Kuhnhausen’s murder led to the passage of the Nikki Kuhnhausen Act, which limits a legal strategy known as LGBTQ+ “panic defense” based on victim identity such as disclosure of gender identity or sexual orientation in a romantic or sexual relationship.