VAN NUYS – A Van Nuys man will serve more than 10 years in state prison for fatally stabbing his transgender girlfriend and setting their apartment on fire, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
Ezekiel Jamal Dear, 27, was found guilty in Van Nuys Superior Court on one count of voluntary manslaughter with a knife use allegation and arson on October 19.
Dear stabbed Yazmin Vash Payne to death during a domestic dispute and then tried to burn down their apartment in the 14600 block of Saticoy Street on fire on Jan. 31, 2015, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Dear was sentenced to 12 years and eight months on December 1.
On Feb. 1, 2015, the day after Vash Payne was killed, her friends and loved ones had a vigil outside her apartment, where they held signs saying “Trans lives matter” and “No Transphobia in the Valley” and “Basta No Mas Muertes.”