(CBS) NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Police say a 50-year-old man living in his motherís home killed a transvestite prostitute with a garden hoe after bringing him back to the house, police said Wednesday.
John Freeman of Northridge was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murder.
Freemanís mother was out of town when he allegedly picked up the 31-year-old transvestite prostitute Sunday morning and brought him to his motherís house.
The victim wore womenís clothing to Freemanís house but was naked at the time of the beating, police said.
The two apparently began arguing inside the house and ended up in the backyard, where Freeman allegedly attacked the victim with his fists, feet and a hoe.
Neighbors reported the assault to police at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. When officers responded, Freeman was still in the backyard, kicking the victim, police said.
Police arenít certain of the motive, but they do not believe Freeman suddenly discovered the prostitute was a man. Freeman and the victim had a casual relationship in the past, police said, and Freeman knew the victim had male anatomy.
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