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Woman Allegedly Drives 600 Miles to Kill Transgender Sibling's Partner

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- A North Carolina community college instructor is being held on first-degree murder charges after she allegedly drove more than 600 miles from Charlotte to gun down her brother's fiancé in Michigan, police said.

Julie Ann Hopwood, 56, is charged in last week's shooting death of 35-year-old Amy Chebro, whom authorities confirm was engaged to Hopwood's transgender brother, PJ Redbird Tworavens.

"Hopwood was waiting for the victim to show up at work," said Lt. Thomas Goralski of the Livonia, Michigan, Police Department.

Goralski said that Chebro was shot five times just after 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 16 in the parking lot of a business in town. She was apprehended a short time later by police.

Goralski declined to comment on any possible motive for the shooting, but said reports that Hopwood was unhappy about Tworavens' decision to become a man were "untrue."

Hopwood had been a teacher since 2003 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to ABC News' affiliate WSOC. Hopwood taught respiratory therapy and psychology.

It was not immediately clear if Hopwood has retained a lawyer.

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