Preliminary hearing set in OKC trans murder

Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson was murdered in OKC last November. Vivian Gaffney Stevenson photo.

By Robin Dorner
Editor in Chief

A preliminary hearing has been set in the case of Brandon Michael Tyson. Tyson is the man accused of murder in the case of 31-year-old Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson.

Tyson was arrested on December 29 of last year. Read: Arrest made in OKC trans murder.

The preliminary hearing is set for Friday, September 7 at 9 a.m. The hearing is set to be heard before Judge Savage, 5th floor of the Oklahoma County Courthouse.

“I encourage whoever wants to attend to attend,” said Vivian Gaffney Stevenson, the victim’s mother. “I think they need to see that she has not been forgotten and justice needs to be served swiftly!”

Stevenson was found dead in a hotel room last November. At that time, her family released this statement: “We are heartbroken. Brooklyn BreYanna was an amazing daughter, sister and friend with a giving and loving heart. We pray that those who committed this heinous crime will be identified and Brooklyn will receive justice."

Read: Trans woman found dead in hotel room.
And: LGBT Community rallies behind OKC trans murder victim’s family.

On December 20, Tyson, a white male age 31, was arrested in south OKC by detectives from the department’s gang unit, according to OKC Police Department spokesperson MSgt. Gary Knight. He was charged with murder in the first degree and murder in the second degree.

MSgt. Knight said, “I don’t know what the motive was behind it. Typically, that is what the District Attorney’s office releases.”

No motive has yet been identified.

Related: Memorial services set for trans woman murdered in OKC.
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