Trial Date Set in D.C. Transgender Assault Case

by John Riley
Saturday Sep 7, 2013

Michael McBride, the man accused of stabbing a transgender woman anywhere from 35 to 40 times in June in the District's Fort Stanton neighborhood, appeared in D.C. Superior Court Sept. 3 to set a date for his trial on charges of robbery and assault with significant bodily injury.

McBride, who appeared with his attorney, Margarita O'Donnell, before Superior Court Judge Stuart G. Nash, was scheduled for an Oct. 25 felony status conference, at which point Nash will make a determination whether the trial should move forward. The preliminary date for the trial has been scheduled for Nov. 6.

McBride was arrested June 26 for allegedly stabbing the woman in an abandoned building in the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE at around 1 a.m., June 21. Earlier this month, D.C. Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt found there was probable cause that McBride had committed the attack. McBride remains held without bond as he awaits trial.

The victim, who was transported to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md., was treated for multiple stab wounds, including a punctured lung. She survived the attack and was later released from the hospital six days later. According to statements by friends of the victim, McBride and the woman had previously known each other, and that McBride attacked the victim after a passerby asked him what he was doing with a ''faggy.''

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