NYC Transgender Killing Suspect ‘Didn't Want to be Fooled'

A man charged with beating a transgender woman to death in Harlem told police he "didn't want to be fooled.''

A videotape of the admission by James Dixon was played during a pretrial hearing Friday, The New York Times reported.

Dixon is charged with manslaughter and assault in the Aug. 17, 2013, death of 21-year-old Islan Nettles, 

Dixon, 25, told detectives that he started talking with Nettles on the street, not realizing she was a transgender woman. Dixon said in the interview that he became enraged when one of his friends taunted him, saying, "That's a guy.''

Prosecutors say Nettles died of head injuries she sustained when her head hit the pavement after Dixon hit her. She was taken off life support after spending a week in a coma. 

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