Man pleads guilty in death of Trans woman Islan Nettles, says his 'manhood' was threatened
A man accused of killing a transgender woman said that he felt his “manhood” was threatened when he found out that the woman he was hitting on had actually been born a man.
James Dixon at first denied that he had been “hollering” at Islan Nettles during the encounter in 2013, but a detective finally wore him down and he admitted that he had been angry because he felt he had been tricked.
NYPD Det. Thaddeus Hall insisted that Dixon’s story that he “had some words” with Nettles “didn’t make sense” and pressed him for the details despite Dixon’s insistence that he didn’t remember what was said.
“There’s something that leads up to the altercation … so what transpired?” Hall said. “Did you try to holler at her?”
Finally, Dixon admitted that he had been hitting on Nettles until one of his friends called out, “That’s a man!” He added that he had been tricked days before by other women and that his friends had “clowned” him. “I just didn’t want to be fooled,” he said.
According to a DNAInfo report, Dixon has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Nettles’ death Monday. He will be sentenced next week and faces up to 25 years in prison.
Nettles admitted that he went into a “blind fury” and that he felt his “manhood” had been threatened. He said he did not realize the extent of the damage he had done until word started to get around the neighborhood.