The 41-year-old transgender woman arrested for back-alley silicone injections was acquitted Tuesday in Flagler County Court. After an hour, a jury found her not guilty of practicing without a health care license.
Donnie Hendrix, who New Times profiled last year, was convicted of the same crime in 2003. She and her then-boyfriend threw "pumping parties," in Miami-Dade and Broward, which are detailed in the feature story "If Looks Could Kill." Back then, a 53-year-old Miami secretary named Vera Lawrence died at one of the parties.
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After the story ran, two undercover female detectives arrived at Hendrix's Palm Coast home in July 2009. They claimed Hendrix offered to inject them -- once again -- with silicone for $500 to $600. She had a tray of syringes on her bed as she spoke to the officers, according to prosecutors.
During the trial, prosecutors presented syringes and a red thermos full of clear liquid as evidence. But it wasn't enough to convince a jury.
On her way out of the courtroom, Hendrix told reporters at the Daytona Beach News Journal: "Glad it's over."