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Man accused of killing transgender woman pleads not guilty

James Byrd, 53, is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of 28-year-old Rae’Lynn Thomas.
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A man accused of killing his girlfriend’s daughter pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

James Byrd, 53, is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of 28-year-old Rae’Lynn Thomas.

The shooting happened on Tracy Circle in southwest Columbus on August 10.

Family of Columbus woman killed call it a hate crime

Thomas’ family her death was a hate crime and that Byrd killed her for being transgender.

But the prosecutor said Ohio law does not provide extra protection based on transgender status.

Byrd remains behind bars on $2 million bond.