Convicted child molester Hannah Tubbs in court for murder

Convicted child molester Hannah Tubbs — the 26-year-old transgender woman who was serving a two-year sentence at a Los Angeles juvenile facility — was tried on an unrelated murder charge after a judge determined there was sufficient evidence in the case .

According to KGET, Tubbs appeared during a preliminary hearing held Monday at a courthouse in Bakersfield, California, where prosecutors presented evidence that Tubbs hit Michael Clark with a rock in April 2019.

According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Davis, Tubbs and Clark were part of a “transitional survivalist group” and were involved in an argument on the evening of April 20, 2019 while staying at the Keyesville campground.

Witnesses told Davis that Tubbs and Clark went for a walk, but only Tubbs returned to the campsite.

Davis testified that Tubbs, who was seen as the group’s “enforcer,” repeatedly “hated” and abused Clark. Witnesses told the sergeant that Tubbs humiliated Clark by making him crawl on his hands and knees to pick up cigarette butts.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Chambless testified that he interviewed Tubbs in March 2020 and that Tubbs told him that it was a man named Chad Mizer who was walking in the woods with Clark. Tubbs said only Mizer returned to the campsite.

Chambless testified that Tubbs eventually told him that she and Clark got into an argument and that she pushed Clark into the river, where he passed out.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon declined to seek a motion to transfer her child molestation to adult court.
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However, Tubbs provided investigators with a different story days later, saying another camper, Josef Buffaloe, allegedly choked Clark to death.

Tubbs said the group of campers then decided to “get rid of” Clark’s body by dumping it in the river. An autopsy performed on Clark revealed that he had drowned.

Investigators testified that Tubbs identified himself as having two personalities – an “enforcer” side and a “transgender side.” Tubbs, who had previously performed under the name James, identifies as a woman.

Tubbs attracted national attention after Los Angeles County’s George Gascón refused to file a motion to transfer her child molestation to adult court. Tubbs was arrested after DNA evidence linked her to the 2014 sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl in Denny’s bathroom.

Tubbs was 17 years old at the time of this incident.

Tubbs pleaded guilty to the molestation charges and was sentenced to two years in a Los Angeles juvenile treatment center. Transferred from juvenile facility, she is being placed in a Kern County men’s prison while she prepares to face murder charges.

Assistant District Attorney Shea Sanna, who originally handled Tubbs’ LA County case, told the Post that evidence in this abuse case could be used in the Tubbs murder case if Kern County prosecutors decide to produce it at trial.

However, the judge found there was insufficient evidence to hold Tubbs for a robbery charge, which was dismissed. She remains in a Kern County jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 2.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/24/convicted-child-molester-hannah-tubbs-to-stand-trial-on-murder-charge/ Convicted child molester Hannah Tubbs in court for murder

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