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Woman Charged With Killing Transgender Brother's Fiancée

Woman Charged With Killing Transgender Brother's Fiancée


A North Carolina community college teacher is accused of murdering her transgender brother's fiancee, having driven 600 miles last week to do so, according to police in Livonia, Mich.

Julie Ann Hopwood, 56, allegedly drove from Charlotte, N.C., to Livonia (approximately 20 miles east of Detroit), arriving December 16. Hopwood staked out the workplace of Amy Chesbro, waiting for her to arrive. Police Lt. Thomas Goralski told ABC News that Hopwood shot Chesbro five times in the parking lot.

Hopwood's brother, PJ Redbird Tworavens, and Chesbro were together for 10 years.

Goralski would not speculate on a motive, but said reports that Hopwood was bothered by her brother's decision to live as a man are false. An aunt of Hopwood and Tworavens also corroborated that the teacher never expressed that she was upset over Tworavens's decision to transition.

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