Former militant charged with trans woman’s murder

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Anthony Michael Bowden, who served at the US Army post Fort Bliss in New Mexico and Texas, is accused of killing 36-year-old Erykah Tijerina in August 2016 at the resident’s building, according to the El Paso Times. If convicted, the man is likely to be sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his victim 24 times with a chisel. Tijerina had wounds on her hands which could have been defensive wounds, but there is not enough actual evidence to claim it definitely. The defendant testified that he stabbed the woman in an act of self-defense (we remind, she was stabbed 24 times) as she was allegedly blackmailing him. According to the El Paso Times, lawyers told the Texas court that Tijerina threatened to inform Fort Bliss officials about a sexual encounter she allegedly had with Bowden, and lie to them that Bowden was her pimp. But there is also no evidence to either confirm or to deny his words. However, the victim’s friend confirmed that she was a sex worker who sometimes blackmailed her clients to gain more money from them.

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