Prosecutors Drop Case Against Suspect in Transgender Woman Beating Death

Prosecutors say the case remains active

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013  |  Updated 8:52 AM EDT
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Hundreds Rally in Harlem After Beating Death of Transgender Woman

Islan Nettles (inset) was assaulted in Harlem, then died of her injuries days later, police say.

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Hundreds Rally in Harlem After Beating Death of Transgender Woman

Transgender actress Laverne Cox was one of the hundreds who rallied in Harlem after Islan Nettles was killed in a beating. Ida Siegal reports
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The case against a suspect arrested in connection with the fatal beating of a transgender woman in Harlem has been dismissed.

Prosecutors said they were not ready move ahead in the case against Paris Wilson, 20, who left Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday.

The victim, Islan Nettles, 21, was attacked in August. She and a friend, another transgender woman, ran into a group of men who made anti-gay remarks, police said.

One of the men punched her in the face, police said. She lapsed into a coma and later died. Hundreds rallied to denounce hate crimes against the gay and transgender communities after her death.

Wilson was arrested on assault charges, but upgraded charges were pending because the victim died. His lawyer says Wilson never laid a hand on the woman.

Prosecutors say the case remains active.

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