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Trans Activist Convicted in Murders of Lesbian Couple and Their Son

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From left: Dana Rivers, Patricia Wright, Benny Toto Diambu-Wright, and Charlotte ReedA transgender activist has been convicted of the 2016 murders of a lesbian couple and their son in Oakland, Calif.An Alameda County jury convicted Dana Rivers of San Jose November 17, The [San Jose] Mercury News reports.

Beginning December 5, the jury will consider whether Rivers was legally insane at the time of the killings. If it finds she was legally insane, she will be “sent to a mental hospital until she’s cured and/or for as long as she’d serve in prison for a triple murder conviction,” the paper notes.Rivers had an “on-again, off-again” friendship with one of the victims, Charlotte Reed, according to The Mercury News.

Their friendship soured after Reed left an all-women motorcycle club, the Deviants, in which Rivers was also a member.“Authorities say Rivers became wrapped up in her identity as an enforcer for an outlaw motorcycle club and sought revenge against Reed after she left the Deviants,” the paper reports.

But Rivers and Reed made up to the point that Reed allowed Rivers to spend the night on October 11, 2016, at the home Reed and her wife, Patricia Wright, shared in Oakland.

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