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Newark Man Acquitted in Death of Transgender Female

A Newark man has been acquitted in the fatal 2010 shooting of a 28-year-old transgender female that he had met in a nightclub.

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Twenty-four-year-old Alrashim Chambers was acquitted Friday in the Sept. 12 death of Victoria Carmen White, who was killed in her cousin’s Maplewood apartment.

Prosecutors had tried persuading the jury that Chambers had become infuriated and shot White after allegedly suspecting she was a man.

Chambers was acquitted by a jury in Newark of murder, bias intimidation and two weapons offenses.

A second man charged in White’s death, Marquise Foster of North Plainfield, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in exchange for testifying against Chambers.

Chambers’ attorney tells The Star-Ledger of Newark his client was relieved.

The prosecutor says the victim’s family is disappointed with the verdict.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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