Washington Man Charged With Hate Crime in Murder of Trans Teen

David Bogdanov killed Nikki Kuhnhausen after learning she was trans, say police.

The man accused of murdering Nikki Kuhnhausen last year in her hometown of Vancouver, Washington, is now facing hate crime charges.

David Bogdanov, 25, has been charged with malicious harassment, a Washington State hate crime, Fox 12 Oregon reports.

Bogdanov appeared in Clark County Court Thursday morning for a bail hearing. He was already facing second-degree murder charges.

Kuhnhausen’s remains were found in December after a six-month search that had her family and friends in a panic. Her mother, Lisa Woods, implored local residents to help her find the missing teen.

The Vancouver Police Department told NewNowNext in a statement that Kuhnhausen and Bogdanov had been chatting on Snapchat before meeting up on June 5.

Bogdonov told police that after the two had a conflict, he told her to get out of his van.

“Bogdonov stated Nikki walked away and he never saw her after that,” police said.

But an analysis of Bogdonov’s phone placed him on June 6 in the remote area of Larch Mountain where Kunhhausen’s body was found, police say. They believe he strangled her after learning the high school student was transgender.

“My beautiful baby girl is gone,” Woods wrote on her Facebook. “God please help me.”

Activists filled the courtroom Thursday and asked that Bogdonov be held without bail. He was ultimately ordered held on $750,000 bail.

Kate Sosin is an award-winning, trans-identified news and investigative reporter.
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