Keith Gaillard found not guilty for the 2015 murder of India Clarke

India Clarke
India Clarke

The body of 25-year-old transgender woman India Clarke was discovered in a park in Tampa, Florida on July 21, 2015.

Last seen by her parents Sunday evening India was found by an employee at the University Area Community Centre located at 14013 N. 22nd Street in Tampa. Her body was reportedly found lying beside the basketball courts

Unfortunately as is frequently common in cases of media reporting the murder of transgender women local Tampa news network WTSP television news has been reporting the story as ‘Man Dressed As Woman Found Murdered’, repeatedly use male pronouns and use her birth name over her real identity. They have even tried to defame her character by reporting about an old arrest charge she had on her record.

Keith Lamayne Gaillard
Keith Lamayne Gaillard

Keith Lamayne Gaillard turned himself in on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, after a warrant was issued for him on the weapons charges, as originally reported by Planet Transgender

The Tampa Bay Tribune reports Keith Lamayne Gaillard, who had a “personal relationship” with Clarke, faces charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a violent career criminal, according to an arrest affidavit released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators found Gaillard’s DNA under Clarke’s fingernails and on a used condom in Clarke’s car, which was parked a short distance from the body, the affidavit said. Gaillard’s fingerprint was found on a cigar wrapper in the car, and witnesses saw a scratch on Gaillard’s neck consistent with a fight, according to the affidavit.

The Judge would not allow the jury to hear about Gaillard’s criminal record including his upcoming trial for the murder of a man at the same location five days later.

However, the Judge did allow for the prosecutor to defame Indie Clarkes while focusing on her personal history.

It took the jury four hours to find murder defendant Keith Gaillard not guilty in the murder of India Clark.

Clark’s family walked out of the courtroom visibly upset and didn’t want to comment.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender