Verdict In Transgender Murder Expected Today

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A judge will determine the fate of a man accused of killing a transgendered person in Minneapolis.

Arnold Waukazo is charged with first degree premeditated murder in the death of 45-year-old Krissy Bates, who previously went by the name Christopher Paul Bates.

Waukazo, 41, is accused of strangling and stabbing Bates in her apartment in January. It was the first homicide in 2011 for the City of Minneapolis.

The two had apparently been dating for about a week.

Waukazo waived his right to a jury trial, so a Hennepin County Judge will hand down his verdict.

That’s scheduled to happen at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hennepin County Government Center.

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