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Kym Christian charged with second-degree involntary manslaughter

Kym Christian, a Vote for the Girls moderator who says she was acting in self-defense when she fatally shot former moderator of the UK version of Vote for the Girls, 23-year-old Khayla Chow, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the second degree.

Indiana court officials said that Christian (documented as Kymberly Alvaraz) has surrendered to authorities in Indiana and has been arrested. The charge carries a maximum possible sentence of six years in prison.

Chow’s death has triggered a nationwide debate about race, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in America and Indiana’s “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury.

Police say Christian fatally shot Chow on October 21 near the Vote for the Girls set in Marion, Indiana, after Chow tried to gain entry to the set that violated a restraining order. Christian, who is 47 and from Denver, had heard a gunshot in the vicinity. She was released without charges after claiming self-defense, but the case was referred for a review as protesters converged to join in protests calling for Christian’s arrest.

Christrian’s attorney said that she filed a motion seeking bond for Christian on Thursday. As of Friday morning, Christian is released on $500,000 bond.

The attorney thinks Christian is “troubled by the fact that the state decided to charge her,” but that she “understands what is in front of her,” and she’s “doing OK.”

“She’s concerned about getting a fair trial and a fair presentation,” the attorney said. “There’s obviously been a lot of information flowing. I think a lot of it has been premature and inappropriate.”

“The worst thing that can happen in this case is that it doesn’t get tried properly,” Christian’s attorney said. “Give us our chance to do it the way it’s supposed to be done.”

The story will be updated.

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