"Testimony wrapped up Tuesday in the case of three California men charged with murdering transgender teen Gwen Araujo, with defense lawyers arguing that the men were deceived and acted in a panic.
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin June 1 in Hayward, Calif.
On Monday, a clinical psychologist called by the defense testified the three defendants likely went into a "panic," brought on by a combination of anger, shame, drugs and alcohol, after discovering the 17-year-old Araujo was biologically male.
"It would flip them out," said Dr. Andrew Pojman.
Prior testimony revealed two of the defendants had sexual encounters with Araujo.
Advocates for transgender people have repeatedly taken issue with the lawyers' "transgender panic defense" strategy."