Florida teen convicted of attempted murder of trans woman
Florida teen, Tavares Spencer, has been found guilty of the attempted murder of trans woman, Coco McDonald.
Spencer was accused of shooting McDonald on April 9 of this year, after he discovered her gender status. Spencer had alleged he was mislead into thinking MacDonald was ‘born a woman’ and turned violent upon discovering McDonald’s transition status, saying she 'made advance on him', and he 'feared for his life'.
McDonald told Tampa police she never hid the gender she had been assigned at birth, and was always honest about her past.
"It's just a shock that it happened to me, because I don't go round hurting people," she commented.
Spencer was alleged to have bragged about the shooting to friends and was discovered as the perpetrator of the hate crime against McDonald after police uncovered derogatory text messages boasting of the attack.
The 16-year-old was subsequently charged with attempted first-degree felony murder, attempted second-degree murder and robbery. He was found guilty on Thursday.
Spencer was remanded into custody and faces sentencing on December 6.