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Man convicted for strangling transvestite after learning she was a he

July 12, 1997

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ A second man has been convicted of the beating and strangulation death of a transvestite who revealed his gender only when preparing to get into bed with one of the men.

A jury took four hours to find Yitzak Abba Marta, 21, guilty Friday in the November slaying of Alan Fitzgerald Walker.

Marta and another man, Adam David Blackford, met Walker _ dressed as a woman _ outside a gay nightclub. Blackford was convicted of the murder and testified against Marta.

Marta testified that he was stripped to his underwear and lying in Walker’s bed when Walker emerged from the bathroom, also mostly undressed.

``No more breasts, no more makeup, no more hair,″ Marta said.

Marta testified that he laughed, got dressed and left. He said Blackford returned and killed Walker.

Police were called to Walker’s home three days later after a neighbor became suspicious of his four-day absence, slashed tires and notes stuck to his door. Police found Walker’s naked body inside a bedroom. ``KKK″ in 2-foot letters was scrawled in blood by a closet door at the black man’s home.

``This was nothing more than a hate crime,″ Circuit Judge William Storey told Marta. ``This person was killed because he was gay.″

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