LGBT organizations rally against judge's ruling in transgender homicide
A gathering was held on Tuesday evening in honor of Kenneth or "Kenne" McFadden, a transgender woman who's body was found floating in the San Antonio River in April of 2017.
The event comes weeks after a local judge made a ruling that would prevent the manslaughter case from going to trial.
"Our community is not going to be standing around silently waiting for justice that we are here and we want to make sure that something like this does not happen to another member of our community," said Lou Weaver, Transgender Programs Coordinator.
On Jan. 25, The Bexar County District Attorney's Office announced an indictment against Mark Daniel Lewis, 19, for pushing McFadden into the river, causing her to drown. Lewis was indicted on a charge of manslaughter.
"That is not a normal reaction to take somebody by the river and then push them in the river," said McFadden's mother, Joann.
During a motion to revoke probation hearing for McFadden in March for a different offense, the judge ruled that Lewis' actions did not rise to the level of criminal conduct.
"They would have seen it different if it would have been one of their children and they wouldn't be saying it's over"," said Joann McFadden.
The Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office release the following statement:
"Kenneth “Kenne” McFadden’s death is a tragedy. Our office fought for justice for Kenne and sought to hold Mark Daniel Lewis accountable for his actions. Our prosecutors presented compelling evidence that we believed showed that Mark Daniel Lewis was guilty of Manslaughter. Unfortunately, the presiding judge disagreed and found the allegation that Lewis violated his probation “not true”. Due to the lower standard of proof in a Motion to Revoke Probation hearing, our office is legally unable to proceed with a full criminal trial against Mark Daniel Lewis. Our prayers remain with Kenne's family."