Man charged with murder of Washington Trans Teen makes First Court Appearance

David Bogdanov

David Bogdanov arraignment 12/18/19 photo Clark County Today

David Bogdanov, 25, charged with the grisly murder of Nikki Kuhnhausen, 17, hasn’t confessed to murdering the teen. But during the post statement interview investigators noticeably hedged when asked if there was sexual contact between the man and teen and statements made by David Bogdanov could be indicative of a trans panic style defense.

Bogdanov’s phone records place him on the mountain that the teen’s dismembered body was found but he told detectives that he told her to get out of his van earlier in the evening upon learning that she was transgender.

David Bogdanov told detectives he was “shocked,” “uncomfortable,” and “really really disturbed” to learn that Nikki Kuhnhausen was transgender, according to the affidavit. Detectives wrote in court documents that they believe that is when Bogdanov killed the teen.

Nikki Kuhnhausen

Nikki Kuhnhausen photo Clark County Today

The remains of Nikki Kuhnhausen, 17, were found earlier this month in the Larch Mountain area of Clark County by a person gathering bear grass. Kuhnhausen disappeared June 6 according to the AP..

Clark County Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark denied bail for suspect David Bogdanov, 25, during a brief hearing Wednesday. Defense attorney Erin Bradley McAleer deferred any comment until a hearing to challenge the no-bail order on Jan. 2.

Detectives said that they don’t have evidence suggesting her murder was premeditated but haven’t ruled out adding hate crime charges.

The final charge against Bogdanov, including whether he will be charged with a hate crime, will be determined by prosecutors, who are reviewing the case, said Sgt. Jeff Kip.

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