Transgender youth advocate sentenced for killing Walnut Creek boyfriend

Plea deal based on self defense claim, defender says

By Malaika Fraley

8/15/2011

MARTINEZ — A Bay Area transgender youth advocate was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend at his Walnut Creek home last year — a killing a defense attorney said was self-defense.

“She was acting in self-defense and I think the negotiated resolution reflects this,” said deputy public defender Evan Hoppin, attorney for 25-year-old Oakland resident Akira Jackson. “He was armed with a bat and that was undisputed.”

Jackson pleaded no contest Monday to voluntary manslaughter with use of a knife for killing 56-year-old Alan David Gray during a domestic fight at Gray’s Santa Rita Drive residence on Nov. 4…

…”You could tell from the 911 call that there was a heated struggle,” Hoppin said. “This case was a tragedy for everyone involved.”…

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