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A transgender woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing a young woman last year on a Wilmington street.

Angel Guevara Bello , 32, of Wilmington was ordered to return to Long Beach court on April 9. She was held on $1 million bail.

Bello is charged with one count of murder in the Jan. 2, 2012, slaying of Cristian "Cristy" Zugey Alvarez. Alvarez, a 28-year-old mother of two, was found dead under bushes and behind a wrought iron fence next to the train tracks on L Street near Hyatt Avenue.

Police said the Wilmington woman's throat was cut and her pants had been pulled down. Police have not released the motive for the slaying.

Although police and the Sheriff's Department list Bello as a male, Bello identifies as a woman.

- Larry Altman