A Mississippi transgender woman was convicted of murder after she injected a Georgia woman in the buttocks with illicit silicone leading to her death.
Alleged nurse Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, was found guilty of depraved-heart murder, also known as depraved-indifference murder, in the 2012 death of 37-year-old Karima Gordon as well as conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Friday.
Garner’s murder conviction carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Gordon was referred to Garner by Natasha Stewart, an adult entertainer, Daily Mail reported. Stewart allegedly told Gordon that Garner was a nurse. Gordon died eight days after she received the injection.
Stewart was convicted of manslaughter in February and is currently serving a seven-year sentence.
Garner’s attorney, John M. Collette argued that the victim knew she was getting an “underground bargain basement butt enhancement” and that she had other injections that also could have caused her death.
Collette said the silicone found in her body did not match the kind seized at Garner’s home.
“We don't know how much she'd gotten before she ever came to Mississippi,” Colette said. “What silicone caused her death?”
A jury deliberated five hours before returning a guilty verdict.
Garner is also facing similar charges stemming from the 2010 death of an Alabama Woman, Marilyn Hale. A trial date has not been set.
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