DETROIT - January 25, 2017 - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, with the assistance of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), charged Jason L. Hogan, 26 (DOB: 3/1/90), of Detroit, with assault with intent to commit murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
It is alleged that, on January 13, 2017, Hogan met the victim, a transgender woman, and arranged to pay for sexual activity in the back of his car. After performing a sex act, Hogan shot the victim in the face with a 9mm Ruger handgun. The victim escaped from Hogan, and sought treatment for her injury at Grace Hospital.
From January 13 to January 22, 2017, an investigation by Detroit Police officers led to Hoganâ€™s arrest. Hogan has been charged with assault with intent to commit murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison, along with possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, which is punishable by two years in prison.
The case was assigned to Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the FMJP, which is a collaboration between the Prosecutorâ€™s Office and Fair Michigan Foundation, Inc. FMJP is a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons.
Fair Michigan Director of Transgender Outreach Julisa Abad said, "This case highlights the mortal danger faced by transgender individuals in Michigan. Since Michigan law permits employment discrimination against LGBTQ residents, trans people sometimes must resort to sex work in order to survive, which puts them at extreme risk of criminal violence. It is incredibly encouraging to know that The Fair Michigan Justice Project, the Wayne County Prosecutorâ€™s Office and the Detroit Police Department have stated, in no uncertain terms, that violence against the Trans community is unacceptable under any circumstances and that these agencies stand ready to aggressively prosecute these brutal crimes committed."
Hogan was arraigned on January 24, 2017, and was given a $250,000 cash bond. The probable cause conference will be held on January 31, 2017. The preliminary examination is scheduled for February 6, 2017, in front of Judge Kenneth J. King of the 36th District Court.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.