PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A suspect has been arrested in the beating and shooting death of a transgender prostitute in Philadelphia.
Pedro Redding was arraigned Monday on murder, conspiracy and weapons charges in the Oct. 6 death of Kiesha Jenkins.
The 24-year-old Redding is jailed without bail pending an Oct. 28 preliminary hearing.
A public defender representing Redding could not be immediately reached to comment on the charges.
Police say five to six men surrounded the 22-year-old Jenkins and beat her after she was dropped off in North Philadelphia.
Police say one man pulled out a gun and shot Jenkins twice in the back. They say they believe the motive was robbery rather than a hate crime.
Redding is on probation after pleading guilty last year to aggravated assault and weapons charges.
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