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Closing arguments underway in transgender murder trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Closing arguments in the Henry Gleaves murder case have begun.

Gleaves is accused of shooting and killing Sherman Edwards in January of 2015 at the Fern Valley Hotel. Gleaves says he paid Edwards for sex thinking Edwards was a female, and then found out Edwards was a biological male.

During his closing argument, defense attorney Rob Eggert told the jury Gleaves is not guilty.

He says Gleaves shot Edwards because Edwards and three others in the room attacked and robbed him, not because Edwards was transgender.

"If this were a hate crime, I wouldn't be standing up for this man," Eggert said. "But this case has nothing to do with bias, it's got nothing to do with prejudice, it's got nothing to do with a hate crime, ladies and gentlemen. This case is about prostitution. It's about robbery. It's about assault. That is what this case is about."

The case will go to the jury once the prosecution finishes its closing arguments. 

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