Nikki Kuhnhausen

Nikki Kuhnhausen, photos provided to FOX 12 (KPTV). 

VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) - The man accused of killing a 17-year-old Vancouver girl is now facing a hate crime charge.

David Bogdanov, 25, appeared in a Clark County courtroom Thursday morning for a bail hearing.

Bogdanov has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Nikki Kuhnhausen. He now also faces a charge of malicious harassment, a hate crime offense in Washington.

The body of the Kuhnhausen was found on Dec. 7 on Larch Mountain in Clark County. The discovery came six months after Kuhnhausen’s family reported her missing.

Court documents state that Kuhnhausen communicated with Bogdanov through an online app.

Investigators believe in early June, Kuhnhausen and Bogdanov met in-person for a hook up. When Bogdanov found out Kuhnhausen was biologically male, he strangled her to death in a rage of violence, detectives previously told FOX 12.

When Vancouver police officers first interviewed Bogdanov in October - months before Kuhnhausen’s body was discovered. He admitted to meeting Kuhnhausen, according to court documents.

Detectives said Bogdanov told them when Kuhnhausen revealed she was transgender, he felt “really, really disturbed” and kicked her out of his van before going directly to work.

However, investigators believe Bogdanov lied to them regarding his actions and whereabouts.

Cell phone records, according to a police affidavit, show Bogdanov instead went to the Larch Mountain area – where Kuhnhausen’s remains were eventually found – and not directly to work.

On Thursday, a judge set Bogdanov's bail at $750,000.

It was a move that came to a shock to Kuhnhausen's mother - Lisa Woods - who stood feet away from Bogdanov in court. She asked the judge to keep him locked up.

"I feel like the justice system just failed my baby one more time - it's like her being murdered all over again," said Woods.

If Bogdanov does post bail as he awaits his trial scheduled for July, the judge said there will be certain conditions he'll have to follow, including maximum supervision and no contact with Kuhnhausen's family.

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Frederick Fukov offense Fox 12, but how can someone who is biologically male, be referred to as "she," and "her?" Report the news as it is, and not how others who can't accept reality as it is..want everyone else to see it.


Watching or reading the news you would this another world. Killings sex changes who would have guessed how crazy the 21 century is. I would really like to know how the news anchors really feel about reporting the news in Portland after 30 years of broadcasting?really.


Transgenders who want to date and have relationships with straight men need to be honest and truthful about their biological sex AT THE VERY BEGINNING of the initial could save their lives.


No one has the right to take the life of another person, unless it is in the defense of their own. And for those who do murder others in cold blood, there must certainly be swift, severe and unmitigated justice.

But having said that, I believe many, if not MOST of these cases of men who become transgender, identifying as women, and are then later murdered by someone they are seeing - or are trying to see, can be avoided from happening entirely. Many of them are murdered because they are dishonest with the men they are attempting to date or correspond with, and either LIE about who and what they are, or fail to be truthfully OPEN, HONEST and UPFRONT about the fact that they are actually a biological male dressed and made up as a female.

Men who are only attracted to women want to BE WITH an actual biological woman only, and not with a man who dresses and makes-up and acts like a women, regardless of how feminine or womanly that man may act, look or feel. And many heterosexual men, who have been raised in traditional or conservative environments, think that males who are, or who want to be "transgender," or who feel like they are no longer male but are now female, have serious issues, and have no desire whatsoever to develop a relationship, date or have any sort of sexual or romantic contact with such men. That's just the way it is for now in our society, and that's the way most men have felt about "transgenderism" going back many generations, and it has not fully changed yet.

If guys who are transgender and who live their lives as women, wish also to develop and have wholesome physical and/or emotional relationships with straight men, they MUST be honest and upfront about who and what they are, from the very beginning - long before any concrete steps are taken or any emotional, physical or material investments are, during the very first conversation. It is gravely essential for a transgendered person to be truthful about their biological sex at that early and initial point, so that the man they are communicating with may then freely and fairly choose whether or not he is attracted to such a person and lifestyle. Doing so could save their lives.

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