Man arrested in murder of Toledo transgender woman years later
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo Police have arrested a man in connection to the 2017 murder of a transgender woman.
Law enforcement officials arrested Antonio Scott Jr., 21, on Wednesday, March 30, on murder charges stemming from the 2017 murder of DeMajio “JoJo” Striker, 23.
Scott was 15 at the time of the murder.
According to police records, officers found Striker suffering from a gunshot wound in a vacant garage in the 200 block of Austin on February 8, 2017. Officials pronounced Striker dead at the scene.
Police said DNA evidence led to Scott’s arrest. He was booked into the Lucas County jail on murder charges on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
Striker’s mother, Shanda Striker, told 13abc in 2017 she believed Striker was murdered because of their gender identity.
“It’s definitely a hate crime,” Shanda Striker said at the time.
Scott appeared in court on Friday, April 15. His arraignment was rescheduled for April 21 so he could retain counsel. A judge set his bond at $900,000 at no 10%. If he is able to post bond, he’s required to be under electronic monitoring.
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