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Pastor To Stand Trial For Murder In Transgender Woman's Death

March 30, 2019 - 3:22 pm

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A 46-year-old pastor from Sterling Heights has been ordered to stand trial for murder in a transgender woman's death.

A judge on Friday ruled Albert Weathers to be tried on a charge of open murder in the December shooting death of 36-year-old Kelly Stough, The Detroit News reported. 

The judge also denied a reduction in Weathers' $1 million cash bond, citing that Weathers left Stough after he shot her.

Weathers' defense attorney, David Cripps, asked the judge for lesser charges and said it was an accidental shooting. Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz said the shooting happened due to an argument over money and that Weathers' priority was "getting to work and not getting caught."

A medical examiner determined that Stough died of a single gunshot to the left underarm. Her body was found in the area of East McNichols and Brush streets on December 7.

Weathers called police to report the shooting about an hour after it happened, initially claiming he shot in self-defense after Stough jumped into his car and demanded money. He then changed his story to say the shooting happened accidentally when his gun "went off by mistake," according to the newspaper report.

Weathers is also charged with use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He's due back in court on April 5.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.