Hate Crime or Street Code: She Embarrassed him so he Killed her

Hate Crime
noun
noun: hate crime; plural noun: hate crimes
  1. a crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence.
Via CBS News:

Police say 20-year-old Rico LeBlond shot and killed Zella Ziona, whose legal name was DeAndre Smith, on Oct. 15, because Ziona “began acting flamboyantly towards LeBlond and greatly embarrassed Leblond in front of his peers,” according to charging documents obtained by CBS affiliate WUSA.

Investigators wrote in the document that the suspect and victim has been engaged in a “simmering dispute that had been escalating” as a result of their friendship becoming public.

LeBlond is suspected of shooting Ziona multiple times in the head and groin.

Police are considering hate crime charges against LeBlond, who is already facing a first degree murder charge.

But the victim’s family tells WUSA that they’re already convinced the motive was hate.

“I do believe in my heart that this was a hate crime,” said Kalany Thomas, Ziona’s aunt.

Kalany Thomas and Sade Thomas, a cousin of the victim, both told WUSA that Ziona previously had trouble with people because she was a transgender woman.

“I just want to know why?” Said Sade Thomas. “Why did you take such a beautiful, amazing soul like that and he was never the type of person to hate you or do anything to you?”

Twice as many transgender or gender nonconforming people have been killed in the United States this year compared to last year, according to statistics gathered by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, an advocacy group.


Docket Info:

Case Information
Court System:DISTRICT COURT FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY – CRIMINAL SYSTEM
Case Number:4D00348156Tracking No:156337298165
Case Type:CRIMINAL
District Code:06Location Code:01
Document Type:STATEMENT OF CHARGES Issued Date:10/17/2015
Case Status:ACTIVE

Defendant Information
Defendant Name:LEBLOND, RICO H
Race:BLACK, AFRICAN AMERICAN
Sex:M Height:5 08 Weight:150 DOB:12/13/1994
Address:_________________
City:GERMANTOWN State:MD Zip Code:20874 – 0000

Court Scheduling Information
Trial Date:11/13/2015 Trial Time:10:00 AM Room:513
Trial Type: PRELIMINARY HEARING

Trial Location:191 EAST JEFFERSON ST ROCKVILLE 20850-2325


Charge and Disposition Information
(Each Charge is listed separately. The disposition is listed below the Charge)
Charge No:001Description:MURDER – FIRST DEGREE
Statute:CR.2.201Description:MURDER – FIRST DEGREE
Amended Date:CJIS Code:1 0990MO/PLL:Probable Cause:X
Incident Date From: 10/16/2015To: 10/16/2015Victim Age:

Related Person Information
(Each Person related to the case other than the Defendant is shown)
Name:BATES, J
Connection:COMPLAINANT/POLICE OFFICER
Agency Code:MCPAgency Sub-Code:WG15Officer ID:2413

Name:SANDLER, SAMANTHA B
Connection:ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER
Address:191 E JEFFERSON ST
City:ROCKVILLEState:MDZip Code:20850 – 0000

Event History Information
EventDateComment
DOCI10/17/2015SC ISSUED 151017
INIT10/17/2015151017;00000000.00;HWOB;100; ;6637
CMIT10/17/2015DEFENDANT COMMITTED;151017;MDC
BALR10/19/2015151019;00000000.00;HWOB;100; ;9Z8
CMIT10/19/2015DEFENDANT COMMITTED;151019;MDC;
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