Araujo murder suspect enters drug-treatment center

BY Advocate.com Editors

February 12 2003 12:00 AM ET

One of four men charged in the death of a Northern California transgendered teen has been allowed to enter a drug treatment program under $1.68 million bail. A judge on Friday approved the bail for Michael William Magidson. Relatives of the 22-year-old and a family friend put up several properties to post bail. Magidson is required to live at the New Bridge Foundation, a drug and alcohol abuse treatment facility in Berkeley. Magidson--along with Jaron Chase Nabors, 19; Jason Michael Cazares, 22; and Jose Antonio Merel, 23--all of Newark, Calif., are charged with beating and strangling Eddie "Gwen" Araujo during an October 3 party at Merel's home. Police say Araujo, known to the men as Lida, was killed in a fit of rage after it was revealed she was biologically male. The three other suspects are in jail awaiting the conclusion of a preliminary hearing that began in late January and will resume on February 18.

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