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New Jersey man found ‘not guilty’ in fatal shooting of transgender woman

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A New Jersey man has been found not guilty in the fatal 2010 shooting of a 28-year-old transgender female that he had met in a nightclub.

Victoria Carmen White

Alrashim Chambers, 25, testified that when Victoria Carmen White was killed, he had no idea she was a transgender female and had no reason to harm her, reported the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

In the end, it came down to Chambers’ word against that of Marquise Foster, his former co-defendant. Foster, his one-time accomplice, took a plea deal and pointed the finger at Chambers.

The jury found Chambers, of Newark, not guilty of murder, bias intimidation and two weapons offenses. Chambers, 25, who maintained his innocence from the beginning and took the stand in his own defense, had faced up to life in prison if convicted of murder.

Chambers was charged with shooting White three times in her cousin’s studio apartment in the early morning hours, infuriated after suspecting she had been a man, prosecutors said. White, whom Chambers had met at an Irvington nightclub earlier that evening, was a lingerie model who had sex reassignment surgery a decade earlier in Thailand and had legally changed her name from James White.

Foster, who was also charged with murder, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in exchange for his testimony against Chambers.

Foster, 26, said Chambers had been hugging and kissing White that evening, but became enraged when he suspected White was a man.

Foster testified that he heard Chambers shout, “You a dude?” Three gunshots followed seconds later, though Foster claimed he never saw the shooting because his back was turned.

Chambers denied having anything to do with the killing, and painted Foster as the gunman.

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30 more reader comments:

  1. Just gives all the other jerks a licence to kill

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:34am
  2. of course cause People who are not white straight baptist and frigid are expendable

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:34am
  3. so basically they both got away with murder i hate this flippin justice system un fuckin believable really but not

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:35am
  4. BULLSH**T

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:36am
  5. Well, she deserved to die…how horrible of her to try to fool a straight man by merely existing,though in my book he is hardly a man, save for biology.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:36am
  6. Is there any chance of a retrial?

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:36am
  7. Miss Medication Time At The Home, Gregory???

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:39am
  8. Its going to take many more years before transgenders achieve even the limited level of acceptance gay men and women currently have, much less anyhting more. There is even a lot of prejudice in the gay community where transgenders are concerned. Sad and wrong, but true.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:40am
  9. I can’t pull up the article on my phone, so I have to ask: Is that the reason he shot her? If so, I’m guessing that his lawyer(s) used the “gay panic defense”, which is complete bullshit.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:41am
  10. Gregory, nobody deserves death for simply being themselves, if he got that annoyed he could ignored her, not killed her!. You however, probably do deserve death

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:41am
  11. Our community is very judgemental of one another. Regardless if transgender or not. (gay community)

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:46am
  12. He’s fckn guilty!

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:51am
  13. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I do believe Gregory was being sarcastic.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:51am
  14. People seem to be missing the point that Gregory is using SARCASM here. You people do know what humor is, don’t you? #angrysheeple

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:51am
  15. Well, based on the article, there didn’t seem to be much proof other than the word of another criminal, unfortunately. But I didn’t keep up with this case, I just read the article and it looks like they were trying to make their case off of a guy who took a plea deal to point all of the blame at someone else, and he says his back was turned anyways.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:52am
  16. This makes me sick! It’s ok to kill someone because of this?? This man deserves to rot in prison, as if he had killed someone else, and then some, because of the motive behind it. It is not ok to kill someone, and it’s even worse to do it for a reason like that. I can understand his being upset about being “tricked” (if you can call it that), but he should have just walked away from it if it bothered him so much! Like, seriously, she probably tried to tell him before things got “hot and heavy” and he freaked. This kind of thing is not ok!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:57am
  17. Throw them both into prison and let both of them rot.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:59am
  18. It seems that the only time that gay men and women are vigorously protected from getting killed off, nowadays, is when they are fetuses. Once they’ve grown, it’s too late.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:02pm
  19. Michele, sarcasm is not read very well in text. So give people a break.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:04pm
  20. And Gregory, you should be ashamed! That’s a despicable thing to say! You sound to me a lot like the same kind of person who killed this poor woman. “She deserved to die”? “Horrible of her to try to fool a straight man by merely existing”? Straight men lie to women ALL THE TIME to get laid. Does that mean that they deserve to die? Yes, our community is flawed. All the more reason to fight against things like this. Because, you know–OR SHOULD KNOW– deep down that this is wrong.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:05pm
  21. dhats fucked up….

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:06pm
  22. :/

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:08pm
  23. Shannon-I agree. I had to read it several times (as well as his next reply) to understand that this was attempt to be humorous.

    However, hate is read very well in text. And when a person’s opinion is met with a reply of “you, however probably do deserve death,” it becomes obvious how reactionary and irrational we are being about the issue.

    Perpetuation of hate, attacking people we disagree with, wishing harm upon the enemy (and even labeling them “the enemy”) are their thing, not ours. If we stoop to their level, then we are no better than them. No h8. That’s all I’m saying. It gets us nowhere.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:19pm
  24. Smh. Just last week a 30 day sentence was issued for bullying a gay person to death in NJ, & marriage was vetoed. NJ is delevoping a dubious distinction for being anti-LGBT. I never been there, but Ik I would hate it for some reason.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:19pm
  25. sarcasm is not needing in this thread this is a serious issue its not a joke thread i feel sorry for this female i feel pity for those trying to make a joke of her situation

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:44pm
  26. Michele, true. Some of it is a bit ridiculous. Some people are very passionate about what they feel. I can be that way about child sexual abuse…

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:57pm
  27. So the only solution to (their) deflated ego was to kill her?!?!! The thought of telling her to leave never crossed their demented minds???
    Tragic how their “solution” was shoot her and the justice system said “OK”.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 3:22pm
  28. Terrible!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 4:09pm
  29. What was his excuse???

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 4:13pm
  30. Gregory u are fucked up, maybe u should die dumbass

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:37pm