Details revealed about Bronx Transgender woman’s murder

Marquis Tanner

Marquis Dequan Tanner, a career criminal, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on Friday, August 15, 2015. / Photo Daily Citizen News

On December 29, police arrested 30-year-old Marquis Tanner and charged him with the murder of Alexandria Winchester, 24, of the Bronx. Tanner, who resides in Manhattan was charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Alexandria Winchester, 24, a homeless transgender woman was found dead at the rear of 365 East 183 Street. She died from a gunshot wound in the back of her head.

That was all that was known until today when the indictment implicating Tanner was unsealed.

Marquis Tanner, 30, gunned down 24-year-old Alexandria Winchester on a basketball court behind the Twin Parks West development on E. 183rd St. near Webster Ave. in Fordham Heights, police and prosecutors allege.

Tanner shot Winchester in the neck, cops said. The killing was caught on video, and Tanner admitted he killed her because of a dispute over money, prosecutors said.

Cops busted Tanner on Dec. 29. and a grand jury indicted him last month on murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a weapon charge. He remains held without bail.

“The defendant allegedly fatally shot the victim over a money dispute,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. “We are working hard to bring justice to victims, and this indictment shows wrongdoers will be held accountable at the end of the day. Our focus is on ending gun violence in the Bronx.”

Tanner served a four-year prison sentence for a 2011 robbery conviction and was sentenced to 1⅓ to three years for attempted robbery in 2017. He was released to parole in March 2018.

Bronx District Attorney, Darcel D. Clark said via a press release “We are working hard to bring justice to victims, and this indictment shows wrongdoers will be held accountable at the end of the day.” She added, “Our focus is on ending gun violence in the Bronx.”

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney, John Miras, counsel in the homicide bureau, under the supervision of Christine Scaccia, chief of the homicide bureau, and under the overall supervision of both James Brennan, deputy chief of the trial division, and Theresa Gottlieb, chief of the trial division. Clark thanked NYPD Detective Indiana McGowan-Anderson of the 46th precinct and NYPD Detective Patrick Sullivan of the Bronx Homicide Squad for their assistance in the investigation.

Norwood News report that the earlier press release misidentified the victim and has since been corrected.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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