Alleged killer indicted for murder of Atlanta transgender woman

The transgender woman accused of killing Atlanta trans woman Ava Le'Ray Barrin during a parking lot fight between rival groups of friends was formally indicted by a grand jury on murder charges.

A Clarke County grand jury indicted Jalen Breon Brown, 21, on charges of malice and felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime in the June 25 killing of Barrin, according to Online Athens. The indictment was handed down Jan. 2.

Police say Brown shot Barrin, 17, in the chest in the parking lot of an Athens apartment complex during an argument that didn't initially include Brown or Barrin. Neither of the women lived in the Riverview Apartments where the shooting took place. Brown (photo left) lives in Athens and Barrin (photo right) lived in Atlanta.

Brown told police that she shot Barrin in self-defense. But police said that story didn't match evidence found at the apartment complex. Via Online Athens:

Police said Barrin was the victim of a feud between transgender groups.

Brown, who was located by police at the complex soon after the shooting, claimed self-defense, a motive that police discounted.

“It did not hold up because he fired toward the victim prior to the fight, and a fight does not constitute deadly force,” Athens-Clarke County police Capt. Jerry Saulters said.

Brown was released from jail after a judge granted a $100,000 bond in August. Brown is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 26.

Barrin was one of at least four transgender Georgia women killed in 2017. The others were Tee Tee Dangerfield, Scout Schultz and Candace Towns. A fourth trans murder victim, Chyna Doll Dupree, had ties to Atlanta.