Justice Department sends federal hate crimes lawyer to help prosecutors in Burlington murder case

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BURLINGTON, Iowa (KWQC)- An experienced federal hate crimes lawyer will help prosecute a man who allegedly murdered 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson in Burlington in March of 2016.

Johnson was found in an alley in Burlington in March of 2016 after neighbors heard gunshots in the area.

Johnson, according to family members, was gender fluid and identified as both male and female.

According to the New York Times, Christopher Perras, a Justice Department Lawyer, will serve as a county prosecutor in the case against Jorge Sanders-Galvez who is one of the two men charged in the case.

KWQC is working to independently confirm the details of Perras coming to Burlington. But, the New York Times reports that AG Sessions personally initiated the idea to send the hate crimes lawyer to Burlington.