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Man Convicted of Murdering Trans Woman Dime Doe in First Such Federal Hate Crime Trial

HeadlineFeb 26, 2024

A jury found a South Carolina man guilty of murdering Pebbles LaDime “Dime” Doe, a Black transgender woman, in 2019. It’s believed to be the country’s first federal hate crime trial for a gender identity-based murder. Daqua Lameek Ritter faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors say Ritter murdered Doe after she made their secret relationship public. The Human Rights Campaign said, “Anti-transgender stigma is exacerbated by callous or disrespectful treatment too often seen from media, law enforcement and our highest elected officials. This epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets transgender people of color — particularly Black transgender women — must cease.”

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