LGBT Group Calls for Attorney's Apology After He Argues Transgender Murder Victim Wasn't a "Certain Class" of Person
On March 28, 2010, Rasheen Everett murdered Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, a 29-year-old transgender woman he'd met online. After Everett strangled Gonzalez-Andujar in her Glendale, Queens, apartment, he poured bleach on her body and ransacked her home, stealing her camera, keys, laptop, coat, and cell phone, and, according to one report, destroying all of her Marilyn Monroe photos. The neighbors could hear screaming and banging, yet no one came to Gonzalez-Andujar's aid. Everett left the apartment 18 hours later, carrying Gonzalez-Andujar's stolen property, and hopped a bus to Las Vegas. Her family discovered her body three days later.
Image via Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar
Everett was arrested in Las Vegas a month later and brought back to New York to stand trial. Now 32, he was convicted last month of second-degree murder, second-degree burglary, and tampering with physical evidence. On December 5, before a Queens judge sentenced Everett to 29 years to life in prison, his attorney, John Scarpa, argued that his clients should escape serious prison time, given the low social status of the person he killed.
"Who is the victim in this case?" Scarpa asked the jury, according to the New York Post. "Is the victim a person in the higher end of the community?"More »