Delshawn Carroll, 19, was charged with one count of aggravated murder, reports Cleveland.com.
Detectives accused Carroll of shooting and killing Brittany Stergis on Dec. 6 as she sat in her car outside public housing.
Stergis was the second transgender woman killed in as many days, after Betty Skinner, a 52-year-old disabled, transgender woman, was discovered Dec. 5 by her caregiver at an assisted living facility.
Police did not give a motive for Stergis’ killing, or respond when asked if an arrest has been made in Skinner’s murder.
Deputy chief Ed Tomba, speaking at a forum on Dec. 15 called by advocates of Cleveland’s LGBT community, said federal authorities would have to decide whether to try the cases under hate crime law.