A Manhattan man has been convicted of murdering a transgender Glendale woman in her apartment in 2010.
Rasheen Everett, 32, strangled Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, 29, to death on March 27, 2010 and then poured bleach on her body in an attempt to hide evidence. After stealing some of her personal belongings, Everett fled the state on a bus bound for Nevada.
Family members discovered Andujar’s body three days later and Everett was arrested at a friend’s Las Vegas home on April 9.
Everett and Andujar had met online before the encounter, and multiple media outlets reported that the victim advertised herself online as a prostitute.
Everett was convicted of second-degree murder, second-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence on Friday following a four-week jury trial in Queens Superior Court.
He has been held without bail since his arrest over three years ago and faces up to 40 years to life in prison.
According to testimony at the trial, Everett entered Andujar’s 62nd Street apartment at 8:50 a.m. that morning, and after several minutes, screaming and loud banging was heard by neighbors.
Eighteen hours later, he left the apartment alone, carrying two bags that contained Andujar’s camera, keys, laptop, suitcase, coat and cell phone.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown was pleased with the conviction.
“The defendant stands convicted of violently taking the life of another human being in her own home and then tampering with the body in an attempt to escape justice,” Brown said in a press release. “Such a vicious act of violence demonstrates that this defendant is a threat to society and deserving of a lengthy prison sentence.”
Everett’s former girlfriend testified during the trial that he had choked her in the past, leading to their breakup.
Everett’s sentencing has been set for December 5.