Transgender partner of suspect takes stand in murder trial



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Posted on October 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 10:01 PM

FORT WORTH — There was surprising testimony Wednesday as the capital murder trial of Steven Nelson took a strange detour.

A woman who said she dated Nelson revealed that she is in fact a transgender woman. Tracey Nixon said Nelson is the masculine partner in their relationship.

The revelation came during cross examination by defense attorneys.

Prosecutors put Nixon on the stand because Nixon said she partied with Nelson the night after the murder of pastor Clint Dobson in his office at Northpointe Baptist Church. Nixon described the large necklace Nelson wore.

Nixon was also asked to identify a shirt depicting a Sesame Street character worn by Nelson the night after the homicide on March 3, 2011.

After a lunch break, an Arlington police detective testified he found bloody shoes inside Nelson's home after his arrest on March 5, 2011.

He also identified mysterious small plastic bits left at the murder scene at Northpointe Baptist Church. He said they match a distinctive belt Nelson was wearing.

Prosecutors showed surveillance video of a man alleged to be Nelson shopping at the Parks Mall hours after the murder. The credit card used belonged to Judy Elliott, the church secretary who was savagely beaten at the time of Pastor Dobson's murder.

Many members of Dobson's church family have been watching the sometimes graphic and emotionally difficult trial.

If convicted, Nelson could face the death penalty. Testimony in the case resumes on Thursday.