Today, 8:00AM to 5:00PM-ish MDT, I was in the Weld County, Colorado courtroom where the Angie Zapata Murder. The prosecution dropped a bombshell in the afternoon’s opening statements: Jury Hears Opening Statements in Hate Crime TrialThe Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Community Center Of Colorado — in an understated way — states the courtroom revelation:

In opening statements, the prosecution said they will present evidence that shows that Andrade knew that Angie was transgender long before he killed her.  

Prosecuting attorneys said in the days leading up to the two meeting in person, they had exchanged nearly 700 communications.

After meeting, the two went to a traffic court hearing in Greeley in which Angie was identified in court by her previous male name and by male pronouns.

The defense team contends Andrade did not learn of Angie’s transgender status until moments before he killed her.

What came out in court, per Deputy District Attorney Brandi Lynn Nieto, was this traffic court trip took place 36-hours before Allen Ray Andrade admittedly killed her.

As the prosecution is describing the timeline, a trans panic or gay panic strategy would, with the evidence that the prosecution has stated in court it will present, be impossible to support. And, that’s because a trans panic/gay panic defense is a crime of passion strategy: If, as suggested, Allen Ray Andrade knew Angie was transgender 36-hours before he killed her, then this wasn’t a crime of passion.

And, since the defense is using a classic gay panic/trans panic/blame-the-victim strategy — the defense using the hated language of “deceptive” to describe Angie in their opening statement, and using the language of “supposedly female” to describe Angie in questions posed to witnesses in cross-examination later in the day — and if the prosecution uses can adequately support their opening statement assertions in their presentation to the jurors, then this alleged 36-hour awareness of her transgender status would destroy the veracity of the defense assertions.

This really is a bombshell dropped by the prosecution team!