Arrest made in 2015 transgender woman's murder

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer holding a news conference to announce the arrest of Richard Lopez, charged with killed a transgender woman in 2015

A transgender woman, Kenton (KC) Haggard, was murdered on Blackstone Avenue on July 23, 2015.

On Monday, February 5, 2018, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer announced the department had K.C.'s killer in custody.

Chief Dyer said surveillance video taken from a tattoo parlor showed the murder and also the vehicle involved, a silver SUV with two people inside.

Five days after the murder, the SUV was located in NE Fresno, processed for evidence, and it was determined the vehicle was involved.

The owner of the vehicle was found to be in custody in Oregon but he was not suspected of the killing.

The owner of the SUV cooperated with detectives and helped put the case together against his passenger, 38-year-old Richard Joseph Lopez of Fresno.

Lopez has been in prison for the last 3 years for elder abuse.

Chief Dyer says detectives believe Haggard was murdered because of her sexual orientation.

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