Teen had sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with trans woman he al­legedly shot: pros­e­cu­tors

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY DAVID STRUETT, DIG­I­TAL CON­TENT PRO­DUCER [email protected] | @dstru312

A 17-year-old boy ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing a trans­gen­der woman last year in a se­cluded area on the South Side was or­dered held with­out bail Sun­day.

Tre­mon T. Hill was charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the Aug. 13 slay­ing of De­janay Stan­ton, a 24-year-old trans woman es­cort he was in a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with, ac­cord­ing to the Cook County state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Stan­ton re­ceived a text from Hill the morn­ing of her killing ask­ing her to meet him in a lot in the 4000 block of South Calumet Av­enue in Bronzeville, As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Britt Stein­berg said at a bail hear­ing Sun­day in the Leighton Crim­i­nal Court Build­ing.

Just after 11 a.m., Hill is al­leged to have shot Stan­ton in the head and left her lay­ing on the ground out­side of her car, which was left with its doors open and a purse and cell­phone in­side, ac­cord­ing to Stein­berg. Po­lice re­sponded to a ShotSpot­ter alert at that lo­ca­tion and found Stan­ton, who died min­utes later, Stein­berg said.

Text mes­sages be­tween Hill and Stan­ton re­vealed that their al­leged sex­ual re­la­tion­ship be­gan in July, when they ar­ranged to meet at a South Side ho­tel, Stein­berg said.

The pair con­tin­ued com­mu­ni­cat­ing, send­ing each other more than 400 mes­sages, in which Hill al­legedly ex­pressed he was in­ter­ested in hav­ing sex with Stan­ton but not with a trans­gen­der per­son, Stein­berg said.

Over mul­ti­ple texts, Hill urged Stan­ton to delete pho­tos of him from her phone, which she later did, Stein­berg said. Hill also told Stan­ton that their sex­ual re­la­tion­ship had caused him to be­come sui­ci­dal, Stein­berg said.

Of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Hill’s home and found pants with “small red stains” and other cloth­ing that matched what sur­veil­lance video showed Hill was wear­ing the day of the mur­der, Stein­berg said.

Hill’s pub­lic de­fender said that cell­phone records served as the only ev­i­dence, and that there was no sur­veil­lance video of the mur­der.

Judge Mary C. Maru­bio or­dered Hill held with­out bail after say­ing she took into con­sid­er­a­tion the ex­ten­sive elec­tronic ev­i­dence in­clud­ing the ShotSpot­ter alert, the track­ing of his move­ment from cell tow­ers and that he stopped tex­ting Stan­ton at the time of the mur­der.

Hill, who was charged as an adult and had no pub­lish­able crim­i­nal his­tory, was sched­uled for a re­view of his bail Mon­day.

Stan­ton’s mur­der drew pub­lic at­ten­tion last year to vi­o­lence against trans­gen­der women of color.

Terry Jones, a 25-year-old who was close friends with Stan­ton, said her bru­tal killing “was a shock” dur­ing an in­ter­view last year with the Sun-Times.

“Ev­ery­one, no mat­ter what their gen­der or sex­u­al­ity, knew her,” Jones said. “She was loved and never did noth­ing to no­body.”

De­janay Stan­ton

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