The much-publicized death of 19-year-old Symone Marie Jones on Jan. 12 has led to an arrest and more victims coming out of the woodwork. Kavonceya Iman Cornelius, 42, appeared in court on March 22 facing charges of second-degree murder.
A bill introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly would expand state hate crime statutes to include crimes against individuals based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. House Bill 152 would also shift certain crimes from misdemeanors to felonies.
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