The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the case of a transgender woman who was convicted of murdering a Wilmington woman whose body was found in a rail yard.
Angel Guevarabello is serving a state prison sentence of 26 years to life for the Jan. 2, 2012, slaying of Cristian Alvarez.
In an Aug. 11 ruling, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal noted that Guevarabello and the victim 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 the day of the attack.
Guevarabello 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.
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