Jaylow McgloryAge 29 (born 23 Jan 1988)
4 Aug 2017
Alexandria, Louisiana (USA)
Jaylow was shot by her boyfriend. Despite confessing to using her for money and sex and shooting her, he was acquitted after using a form of trans panic defence.
Local media never stopped misgendering trans woman Jaylow Mcglory from the day she was killed in cold blood to the day Desmond Donte Harris was acquitted. Harris who was initially charged with murder [in] the First degree was the only witness the defense called to testify. Harris was found not guilty by a jury of second-degree murder in 2019 by using a version of the reviled and discredited trans panic defense.
Harris and McGlory had just moved into a duplex on Monroe Street about a week before the shooting took place, according to the landlord at the property, as well as a neighbor. That neighbor, Latasha Forte, said in just a brief amount of time, she frequently heard the two arguing. During the day of the shooting, Forte told the court that she heard Harris and McGlory arguing and then heard “two pops” and didn’t think anything of it at first, that’s until a bloody McGlory showed up to her door telling her to call the police. McGlory, who never identified the shooter, died before first responders could get there.
Detectives with the Alexandria Police Department told the court that they recovered two bullets, as McGlory was shot two times, and three bullet casings. A weapon was never found. Shortly before the shooting, Harris placed a call to his landlord, upset, and told her, “He said I want her to leave. I wasn’t sure who ‘her’ was. I said the best course of action was to call the police.” After the shooting, investigators “pinged” Harris’s cellphone and tracked him down to his sister’s home on Irish Lane where was hiding in a closet. He requested an attorney immediately and never spoke to the police.
On the second and final day of testimony Harris testified that he had walked out of a bathroom to find McGlory with a gun. He said the two fought over it, that it fired three times — hitting McGlory twice — and then he ran away.
Prosecutors asked Harris about the jail conversation that inmate Brandon Wade Clark had testified about for the prosecution on Wednesday. Clark said Harris had confessed during a conversation with him and other inmates to using McGlory for money and sex and shooting [her]. Harris then said Mcglory had the gun in her possession as they struggled but laid it down next to him when she was fatally wounded. The gun has never been recovered.
Jaylow's murder did not come to light until November 2017 and was not recorded on the official TDoR 2017 list released by Transgender Europe (TGEU) the same month.