Monday, September 21, 2015

Dallas Man Gets Probation in Fatal Assault of Trans Woman

A man responsible for the 2012 beating of a Dallas transgender woman who died from her injuries is set to receive probation and no jail sentence.

A spokesperson for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office has confirmed to the Observer that Jonathan Stuart Kenney, 29, is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to first-degree felony aggravated assault. Under a plea bargain, Kenney will be sentenced to 10 years probation for the death of his then-partner, Janette Tovar.

Kenney was originally charged with murder in the death of the popular 43-year-old bar promoter after he assaulted her in October 2012. Kenney was arraigned on murder charges three days later, then officially indicted on those same charges in December 2012.

But in May 2013, the DA’s office re-indicted Kenney in Tovar’s death, this time on lesser charges of aggravated assault.

Kenney admitted to slamming Tovar’s head into the concrete roadway on West Davis Street in the early morning of October 15, 2012, then continuing to assault her at the couple’s apartment in Oak Cliff, according to an arrest affidavit. Later in the day, he called 911 and reported that he had found Tovar unresponsive.

Dallas Man Gets Probation in Fatal Assault of Trans Woman

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