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Man Convicted Of Murder In Death Of 17-Year-Old Transgender Girl

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Sentencing is scheduled September 9th for a man convicted of murder and a hate crime for killing a 17-year-old transgender girl in Southwestern Washington state.  A jury returned guilty verdicts Friday against David Bogdanov on charges of second-degree murder and malicious harassment for the death of Nikki Kuhnhausen in 2019.  Bogdanov strangled Kuhnhausen to death after she revealed to him that she'd been born male after the two had engaged in a sexual encounter.  The case prompted Washington state to approve a new law in Kuhnhausen's name aimed at limiting the so-called "gay panic" defense.  The Nikki Kuhnhausen Act was signed into law last year and prevents people from blaming a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity to justify violence carried out against them.

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