Suspect Accused Of Killing Trans Man In Philadelphia Taken Into Custody Near Las Vegas, Authorities Announce

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Source: Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; UNSPLASH

Apr. 4 2023, Published 10:35 a.m. ET

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A suspect accused of killing a transgender man in Pennsylvania was arrested across the country, in Nevada, authorities announced.

U.S. Marshals apprehended and arrested Charles Mitchell, 40, in Henderson in connection with the death of 33-year-old Mar’Quis “MJ” Jackson, WCAU reported.

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On Dec. 14, 2022, Jackson’s body was found face down in the backyard of a residence in Philadelphia around 4:15 p.m.

The victim had bruises, scrapes and cuts on his hands and legs and blunt-force trauma to the head, according to WCAU.

Jackson, a trans advocate and activist, had gone missing on Dec. 12, his birthday.

Mitchell reportedly was identified as a suspect in the case in January. He faces multiple charges in the case, including murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.


“Gender should never matter,” the victim’s sister, Markiya Jackson, said at a March 15 press conference, WTXF-TV reported. “Nothing about gender or what this person does in their daily lives should be a reason for you to kill someone, and to leave them outside stripped of their clothes, of their shoes, and to beat them to death.”


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