In Missouri, three people have been arrested for the brutal murder of transgender teen Ally Lee Steinfeld according to NBC News . The authorities have chosen not to charge the defendants with a hate crime despite the victim being stabbed repeatedly in the genitals.
The burned remains of 17-year-old Ally Lee Steinfeld were found last week in a bag in a rural southern Missouri chicken coop. Authorities said the transgender teen's eyes had been gouged out and she had been stabbed repeatedly in the genitals. Three people — Briana Calderas, 24, Andrew Vrba, 18, and Isis Schauer, 18 — have been charged with first-degree murder and other counts. A fourth suspect, 25-year-old James Grigsby, has been charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Both Sheriff James Sigman and prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. insist the crime was not motivated by Steinfeld's gender identity. "I would say murder in the first-degree is all that matters," Stevens said. "That is a hate crime in itself."