A 50-year-old man was indicted and remanded in custody Thursday in Grenoble for the murder of a transgender woman killed by gunshot at her home on Tuesday in Isère, according to the prosecution.
The 49-year-old victim was born male before changing marital status.
The suspect, a friend, was arrested on Wednesday.
The Bourgoin-Jallieu prosecutor's office had then indicated that this woman "wished to end her life and had requested the help of the person currently in custody", according to a note left at her home in Montalieu-Vercieu, in the north of the department.
Blows to the head were initially mentioned to explain the death but an examination of the corpse finally revealed a shooting by firearm, reports the regional daily
Le Dauphiné Libéré
, information confirmed by the prosecution of Grenoble, which has retrieved the folder.
Pact to commit suicide
Before the investigating judge, “the person confirmed his first statements made in police custody, during which he indicated that he had acquired a firearm at the request of the deceased, who wished to end her life and had requested the help of his friend to do this, ”said the prosecutor's office on Thursday evening.
"He had accepted and had to commit suicide himself at the end with the same weapon, which he finally gave up doing", according to the same source which adds that the defendant, unemployed and under guardianship, has already been convicted twice for domestic violence.