- Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A transgender woman and her female accomplice are admitting to crimes after the stabbing death of a North Carolina man they solicited for sex but who refused to pay.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports 20-year-old Fred Harris Thompson and 34-year-old Katisha Ann Smith were convicted Thursday.

Thompson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for fatally stabbing Vierl Banks Jr. in June 2016. Smith pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of second-degree murder for cleaning and hiding the knife.

Assistant District Attorney Belinda Foster said Thompson and Smith solicited Banks for sex at a downtown bus station. Thompson was dressed as a woman and identifies as a woman.

Foster said Thompson and Smith went to Banks’ home and engaged in sexual acts with him before the victim’s fatal stabbing.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, https://www.journalnow.com

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