His lawyers say it's because he wanted to get caught. Prosecutors disagree.

Andrade's lawyers never said he didn't do it. From the beginning, they argued that he had killed Angie without thinking, that he'd made a grave and terrible mistake. And they pointed to his actions after the murder as proof that he was sorry.

"He didn't do anything to try to run from this," defense attorney Kundelius said at the trial. Instead, he stuck around. One ex-girlfriend described him as edgy and scared. She said that in the days after the murder, he told her he was going to kill himself. In her closing argument, Kundelius offered this exchange between Andrade and Mendoza, as recorded in a jailhouse call days after Andrade's arrest:

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Mendoza: What were you fucking thinking, Allen, driving that fucking car?

Andrade: I wanted to face it.

But Andrade didn't tell anyone what he'd done. Instead, he lied to cover his tracks. For instance, he told his ex-girlfriends he'd bought the PT Cruiser he'd stolen from in front of Angie's apartment, even though he was unemployed. He blatantly used the credit card he found inside and took cell-phone photos and videos of himself masturbating and groping one of his ex-girlfriend's breasts. He also stole Angie's purses and gave them to Mendoza as gifts.

Prosecutors say that behavior smacks of a man with no remorse. If Andrade was so repulsed by the situation and by what he'd done, why did he continue to surround himself with the evidence? Why did he keep constant reminders of Angie and his crime?

The answer they gave is harsh: Because Andrade didn't value Angie's life. Once he found out she was transgender, he thought of her as "less than us," as someone the world wouldn't miss much. And that's the opposite of remorse, they said.

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