2 South Carolina males hit with hate crime and obstruction prices in 2019 homicide of transgender lady
Two South Carolina males have been hit with prices spanning hate crimes and obstruction within the 2019 homicide of a transgender lady, prosecutors introduced Tuesday.
Pebbles LaDime “Dime” Doe, a 24-year-old transgender lady, died on Aug. 4, 2019 in Allendale, South Carolina. On the time, she was the second transgender individual killed in South Carolina throughout the span of a month.
Daqua Ritter, 26, was charged with a hate crime, accused of taking pictures Doe because of her “precise and perceived gender id,” utilizing a firearm in reference to the hate crime, and obstruction of justice, the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the District of South Carolina stated in a news release on the unsealed indictment.
Xavier Pinckney, 24, was charged with two obstruction offenses for offering “false and deceptive” statements to authorities investigating the demise, prosecutors stated.
After taking pictures Doe, Ritter misled state investigators about his whereabouts the day of the homicide, prosecutors stated.
Pinckney hid from investigators that he used his cellphone to name and textual content Doe the day of the homicide, and lied to investigators about seeing Ritter the morning after the homicide.
The hate crime rely carries a most penalty of life in jail, whereas the obstruction of justice cost has a most penalty of 20 years in jail.
A warrant was issued for Ritter’s arrest on Jan. 17 and he was apprehended by the FBI on Monday in New York Metropolis, court docket paperwork present. Prosecutors have requested he be transferred to the District of South Carolina to face the costs.
Pinckney was arrested Thursday, in response to court docket data.
It is not instantly clear if the boys have attorneys.
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