Jalen Brown
Photo: (Credit: Athens-Clarke County Sheriff's Office)
Photo: (Credit: Athens-Clarke County Sheriff's Office)

Athens man indicted in killing of transgender girl 

A man accused of killing a transgender teenager after a fight at an apartment complex last year has been indicted on murder charges, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. 

Athens-Clarke County police said Jalen Breon Brown, 21, pulled out a gun and shot RayQuann Deonte Jernigan, who friends and family said identified as Ava Le’Ray Barrin, in the parking lot of the Riverview Apartments on June 25, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. She later died at a hospital.

MORE: Man claims self-defense in transgender teen’s shooting death, faces murder charge

Brown claimed self-defense in the case, but was still charged with murder. He also faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime, the newspaper reported. 

Authorities said the two knew each other, but have not stated a motive in the case. 

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