A state appeals court panel Tuesday upheld a transgender woman’s conviction for murdering a Wilmington woman, whose body was found in a rail yard in January 2012.

The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal noted that Angel Guevarabello and the victim, Cristian Alvarez, were both prostitutes who worked in the area and that a white car resembling a vehicle driven by Guevarabello drove past the same surveillance camera three times in the early morning hours of Jan. 2, 2012.

She subsequently told someone about a fight that she had with a prostitute over territory and said she stabbed her in the chest and stomach with a kitchen knife, grabbed the woman by the hair, pulled her into the car and dropped her onto the train tracks, according to the panel’s 22-page ruling.

Guevarabello was convicted of first-degree murder for the attack on the 28-year-old woman, who died from blunt force trauma to the head and a deep knife wound to the neck.

She is serving a 26-years-to-life prison term.

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