Tuesday, March 3, 2015

An Arrest made in the Murder of Transgender Woman Islan Nettles

Islan's Mom, Delores

Some good news on the Islan Nettles case.

There has been an arrest has been made in her murder. Her mother Delores Nettles said that the prosecutors told her about the arrest.

HuffPo reports
"I'm overwhelmed," Nettles said. "I still want to know the facts, but it's been a long time coming." 
The New York Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment from The Huffington Post. The Manhattan District Attorney's office declined comment when reached by DNA Info.
The name of the suspect was not known nor were the charges they could face.
On Aug. 17, 2013, Nettles was walking with friends in the early morning near her home in Harlem when they ran into a group of young men outside a police precinct. A fight ensued, and Nettles, who was knocked to the ground and beaten by one of the young men, slipped into a coma. A few days later, she died.
Police initially charged Paris Wilson, 20, with misdemeanor assault. Nettles' friends and family were upset that the charge had not been homicide. Then another man came forward and confessed to the beating, but said he was too drunk to remember any of the details. That man was not charged. Charges were also dropped against Wilson.
More to come of this story.

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