DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say the transgender status of a woman played a role in her fatal shooting in Detroit.

Albert Weathers of Sterling Heights was charged Monday with murder in the death of Kelly Stough, who was found dead on a Detroit street Friday.

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The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says evidence about how Stough’s transgender status had a role will be presented in court. Spokeswoman Maria Miller declined further comment. A message seeking comment was left with Weathers’ lawyer.

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Michigan’s next attorney general, Dana Nessel, says the case reflects the “excessive brutality” faced by members of Detroit’s transgender community. Nessel is president of Fair Michigan, a group committed to equal protection for gay, lesbian and transgender residents.

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