Teen Charged With Murder in Death of Transgender Escort

A 17-year-old was charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly killed a transgender escort last year, the Chicago Tribune reports. Tremon Hill, a young father and a basketball player at Phillips High School, was denied bail on Sunday after he was accused of fatally shooting 24-year-old Dejanay Stanton in the head in late August. Phone records reportedly show that Hill and Stanton had exchanged about 400 text messages between July 22 and the day Stanton died. Hill allegedly told Stanton he was 18 and interested in having sex, but at one point said he was not interested in having sex with a transgender person. The two reportedly had multiple sexual encounters. Hill allegedly told Stanton he was having suicidal thoughts, and arranged an Aug. 30 meeting. Text messages allegedly show Hill guiding Stanton to the area where she was found dead. Video surveillance and cell towers put Hill in the area at the time of the shooting. If convicted, Hill will be charged as an adult and will face life in prison.