Donna Perry was convicted of killing three women who worked as prostitutes during a four-month span in 1990. Their cases had gone unsolved until 2012, when Perry’s DNA was matched to the victims.
SPOKANE — A jury in Spokane has convicted a 65-year-old transgender woman of three counts of first-degree murder.
Donna Perry will be sentenced on July 24 in Spokane County Superior Court.
Perry used to be known as Douglas Perry before undergoing gender-reassignment surgery in 2000.
She was convicted Thursday in the killings of 26-year-old Yolanda Sapp, 34-year-old Nickie Lowe and 38-year-old Kathy Brisbois. The three worked as prostitutes in Spokane and were all shot during a four-month span in 1990.
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The cases were unsolved until 2012, when Perry was convicted in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Her DNA was entered into a national database and linked to the victims.
Prosecutors contended Perry changed her gender to avoid suspicion.
The jury began deliberations Tuesday.