Dana Rivers Bio – Dana Rivers Wiki
Dana Rivers, a former teacher in California, is facing trial following Monday, six years after three people were killed in their East Oakland home.
Dana Rivers is 67 years old,
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
Dana Rivers is accused of fatally shooting and stabbing Patricia Wright, 57, her wife Charlotte Reed, 56, and Wright’s 19-year-old son Benny Diambu-Wright. Police allege Rivers set fire to the family’s home to destroy the evidence.
Rivers has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains in prison on no bond.
According to a statement of fact obtained by the Los Angeles Times, police received a report about hearing gunshots being fired at the victims’ home just after midnight on November 11, 2016. According to Officer Hector Jiminez, police arrived at the scene to find Rivers covered in blood and carrying knives, ammunition, and brass knuckles.
Inside the house, police found the bodies of Wright and Reed, who had been shot and stabbed to death. They also found the body of Diambu-Wright near the front of the house, and he had been shot to death.
Jiminez said he apprehended Rivers, who then allegedly “began to make spontaneous statements about her involvement in the murders.”
Rivers has been charged with three counts of murder, possession of a firearm, possession of brass knuckles, and arson. If convicted, she faces life in prison.
Rivers became a national advocate for transgender rights in 1999 after being fired from her teaching position at Center High School in Antelope, Calif., outside Sacramento. At the time, Rivers alleged that she was fired for discussing her transition with her teenage students.
After months of legal battles — and appearances on Today and Good Morning America — Rivers accepted a $150,000 settlement.
Although authorities confirm Rivers knew the victims, they have not released a motive in the case.
People were not able to reach her attorney. The trial is expected to last at least a week.