This Single Murder Trial Tells the Story of Today's Unspoken Epidemic
You might not have heard of Islan Nettles, the 21-year-old aspiring fashion designer who was brutally beaten and killed in New York City in 2013.
She was transgender. And her story is bigger than she is.
Here's the deal: She was walking outside with her friends in Harlem, a neighborhood in Manhattan. James Dixon, who was 24 at the time, hit her so hard that she fell, suffered a brain injury, and ultimately died.
On Thursday (yesterday), Dixon's trial began. He provided two different versions of what happened that night. He is pleading not guilty.