25-year-old James Dixon is accused of killing Islan Nettles, a transgender woman whom he initially showed interested in 2013.
via NY Daily News:
James Dixon tried to argue in the interview — which was videotaped and played in Manhattan Supreme Court Friday — that gender confusion was not at play when he callously beat the victim.
Dixon claimed he simply “had some words” with Nettles and that he did not remember them until NYPD Det. Thaddeus Hall, now retired, pressed him for the real story insisting Dixon’s version “didn’t make sense.”
“There’s something that leads up to the altercation … so what transpired?” Hall said. “Did you try to holler at her?”
Dixon finally admitted that “yes” he was trying to seduce Nettles until one of pals called out, “That’s a man!”
Dixon said he had just been tricked days before by other women and had been “clowned” by his pals as a result.
He agreed that he felt his “manhood” was threatened by his streak of unknowingly hitting on gals who were born men.
“I just didn’t want to be fooled,” he said, during the hour-long recording in which he was at times evasive but spoke matter-of-factly.
He was eventually indicted for manslaughter and assault in the incident on Eighth Ave. near W. 148th St., in front of a police precinct about 12:20 a.m. on Aug. 17, 2013.
The investigation was on hold after investigators realized the original suspect, Paris Wilson, was not to blame.
Dixon voluntarily went to the precinct after he was confronted with the knowledge that Wilson was taking heat for what he had done. Dixon fled the scene and Wilson was apprehended on an assault charge that was later dismissed.
Dixon told cops he experienced “blind fury” when he attacked Nettles and said he didn’t realize the damage he caused until hearing the gossip in his neighborhood.
Jury selection in Dixon’s trial is slated to start Monday. He recently rejected a plea offer of 12 years in prison in exchange for a guilt admission.
He faces up to 25 years behind bars if convicted.