Opening statements expected in hate crime trial - FOX 13 News

Opening statements expected in hate crime trial

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Opening statements are expected Tuesday for a teen accused of trying to kill a transgendered man.

"Coko" told us she met 16-year-old Tavares Spencer through a friend. She also told FOX 13 she was up front about being transgendered and identifying as a woman.

After that first meeting, she says Spencer pressured her repeatedly to go out.

She says she didn't want to at first, but reluctantly agreed. That's when police say Spencer robbed and shot Coko in the hate crime.

Spencer is now on trial for attempted murder.

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