Allen Andrade was today found guilty of the July 2008 murder of transwoman Angie Zapata, whom Andrade beat to death with a fire extinguisher after learning Zapata’s birth gender. When arrested, he told police he had killed “it”.
After two hours of deliberation, a Weld District Court jury found Allen Andrade guilty of the first-degree murder of Angie Zapata, guilty of a hate crime and guilty of car and identity theft. Andrade, 32, of Thornton was on trial for the beating death of Zapata, 18, last summer. The pair met through a social networking Web site, and planned a meeting days later. Andrade came to Greeley and stayed with Zapata for two days, ending with Zapata’s death. Attorneys say Andrade beat Zapata to death with a fire extinguisher. Andrade confessed to beating her not only once, but a second time, after Zapata had woken up from the first beating, according to police affidavits.
Andrade’s attorneys attempted a “trans panic” defense, but prosecutors proved that he know of Zapata’s birth gender at least 36 hours before the murder.
RELATED: Pam’s House Blend blogger Autumn Sandeen has been covering the trial in person. Check out her excellent work.