As the guilty verdict was announced in court late Monday afternoon, Monica Loera’s sisters embraced and broke into tears.
After four hours of deliberation, Travis County jurors convicted JonCasey Rowell of murder in the January 2016 death of Loera at her North Austin home.
Rowell, 30, a Childress man was working temporarily in Central Texas last year when he killed the transgender woman after arranging online to pay her for sex. Rowell had claimed he fired his gun in self-defense. Loera, 43, who transitioned to a woman in her 20s, was well known in the local LGBT community.