Court date set in Greeley transgender murder
A man accused of beating to death a transgender woman faces a preliminary hearing next month, when the prosecution’s case against him will be mapped out.
Also at the Sept. 18 hearing, a decision on bail for Allen Andrade, 31, of Thornton is expected.
Andrade is charged with first-degree murder, felony bias-motivated crime, felony motor-vehicle theft and felony identity theft. He is accused of first beating 18-year-old Angie Zapata with his fists and then with a fire extinguisher at her Greeley apartment on July 16.
Andrade allegedly attacked Zapata when he found out she was biologically a man.
She had performed oral sex on Zapata the night before the killing, but the two slept in separate bedrooms, according to a police affidavit. The next day, he became suspicious of Zapata’s gender when he saw pictures of her in her apartment.
He allegedly told police he had killed “it,” referring to Zapata.
Zapata’s family and friends from Fort Lupton and Brighton are hanging close to each other as the case progresses, said Kelly Costello, a family spokesman and director of victim services for the Colorado Anti-Violence Program.
“The whole community is hugely supportive,” Costello said after today’s hearing to set the court dates. “But this is just the start.”
Here’s hoping that Angie Zapata and her family get the justice that was so badly lacking in the Kellie Telesford case.