Angie Zapata murder trial update

October 29, 2008

From The Greeley Tribune:

Man charged in beating death of transgender woman involved in a prison riot

Three men accused in death-related crimes were involved in a jail riot last month that prompted a lockdown and the use of pepper spray.

According to a Weld District Court affidavit, Allen Andrade, 31, who is charged with murder in the death of transgender woman Angie Zapata this summer, got into a fight with Adrian Gomez, 26, who is charged with the January shooting death of Luis Rocha. John Hernandez, 31, who is charged in the death of his infant daughter last December, also was involved in the fight that involved 11 inmates in all, said Weld County sheriff’s spokeswoman Margie Martinez.

According to the report, on Sept. 25, Andrade began punching an inmate who had been thrown to the floor. Another inmate joined the fight 30 seconds after it started, at which point an officer called for assistance and ordered a lockdown, according to the affidavit.

According to the report, the fight posed a “grave danger” to people in the pod. After six additional officers arrived, and lockdown was ordered four more times, the fight was subdued with the use of pepper spray.

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Martinez said she had no information as to the reason for the fight. She was able to confirm that Gomez and Hernandez started a fistfight.

In Andrade’s preliminary hearing a week before the riot incident, jail phone call logs detailed Andrade saying he had previously come close to fighting other inmates. Andrade stated in the calls that people in jail were afraid of him because of his reputation for wielding a fire extinguisher, which is the suspected murder weapon. Andrade also stated in the phone calls that what he had done was public knowledge and that he had some “pretty dark days” in jail.

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What’s next?

  • Allen Andrade, charged with first-degree murder and bias-motivated crime, is scheduled to appear in Weld District Court at 8:30 a.m. Monday to face the riot charges.

And his trial for the first-degree murder after deliberation, bias-motivated crime, felony motor vehicle theft and felony identity theft in the death of Angie Zapata resumes on 16 November.

I can’t even begin to fathom what Mr Andrade is thinking of – but I have a hunch it’s probably not the Latina trans woman he bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher and left for dead on the floor of her own apartment.

“Gay things need to die”, Mr Andrade? Especially if they dare to smile at you, right? Smiles are especially dangerous, aren’t they?

You’re beneath contempt.

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ETA, 30 October: 7 News/Denver Channel

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Click here for previous posts on this blog which reference Angie Zapata.

Curtsey to Lisa for the Greeley Tribune link.

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