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SD Police: Hate Crime Unlikely in Death of Transgender Woman

Wednesday Jan 11, 2017

Police say it doesn't appear the apparent homicide of a transgender woman in Sioux Falls was a hate crime.

At a briefing Monday, Sioux Falls Police Capt. Blaine Larsen said police don't have any information leading them to believe the death of 28-year-old Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow was related to her gender identity.

KELO-TV says investigators are searching through texts and social media to determine the relationship between Wounded Arrow and the 25-year-old man in custody. Police describe them as acquaintances.

Larsen says security video shows the man entering the victim's apartment. He says a weapon was recovered. The victim's body was found in her Sioux Falls apartment Friday after police were called for a welfare check.

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