Carlton Champion was found guilty in the January 2015 murder of Ty Underwood, a trans woman from Tyler.
Champion was a football player for Texas College in Tyler. He was arrested about two weeks after the murder and charged with shooting her twice. The two had been dating.
The trial lasted three days and deliberations took less than two hours. After the verdict, Carlton shouted in court, “I’ll be back on the streets” and was restrained by deputies, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
The defense called no witnesses but said the prosecution didn’t prove its case.
The sentencing phase of the trial takes place this morning, Friday, Dec. 18.
Of the 27 murders of trans women of color that have been documented in the U.S. this year, this may be the only one that resulted in an arrest and conviction.