Carlton Champion guilty of murdering trans woman Ty Underwood

Carlton Champion

Screaming “I’ll be back on the streets” an enraged Carlton Champion was dragged from the courtroom Thursday after the verdict was read.

Former Texas football player Carlton Ray Champion Jr. was convicted yesterday of the 2014 murder of Tyler transgender woman Ty Underwood. The jury deliberated two hours after hearing three days of testimony. Deputies locked down the courtroom as they surrounded and removed Carlton Champion by force.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Ms. Underwood and Carlton Champion had been in a long term relationship and had exchanged texts the morning of the murder. Carlton Champion’s roommate testified that he had been aware of the relationship and hoped that it would be beneficial to him. Carlton Champion was not charged with a hate crime even though prosecutors argued that Charlton murdered her because he didn’t want knowledge of the relationship to go public.

When news of this murder first came to light news outlets were quick to call it “deceitful love” inferring that a deception had occurred and justice had been done. In the transgender world, we know that as “Trans Panic”. This is when a cisgender man becomes so afraid about what others would think of his love affair with a transgender woman he ‘panics’ and murders her. California outlawed the “Trans and Gay panic” ‘ defense in 2014. The Bar Association urged attornies not to use it but some unscrupiouls lawyers still do implying that a murderer who panicked because of an alleged deceit can actually be the victim.

Sentencing is taking place this morning. Carlton Ray Champion Jr. could receive up to life in prison.

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