South Beach Drag Queen Wanda's Alleged Murderer Pleads Not Guilty

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The man charged with the murder of South Beach drag queen Wanda pleaded not-guilty in Tampa circuit court yesterday. Deandre Breshaun Tolliver, who appeared before Judge Kimberly K. Fernandez, was also charged with armed robbery in the first degree and armed burglary of a dwelling with battery.

Although police believe Tolliver is one of three men involved in Wanda's murder, he is the only one to have been caught.

See also: South Beach Drag Legend Wanda Shot Dead in Streets of Tampa

Police believe Tolliver was one of three men involved the murder, which took place while Lee was cooking dinner at an ailing friend's house in Tampa. Tolliver came pounding on the door with a gun in hand, police say, looking to settle a dispute with Wanda's friend who lived there; Wanda was shot instead when she answered the door.

Barbara Lee-Thomas, the victim's sister, faced Lee's alleged killer for the first time today. "It was hard, but it wasn't anything I didn't expect," she told New Times on the phone as she was leaving the courtroom.

She has vowed to attend every one of Tolliver's court appearances, even though it will mean missing work.

"I know a mother is crying for her 23-year-old punk son, but I am crying for my brother who I need justice for," Lee-Thomas wrote in a Facebook post that received an outpouring of support from family members and Wanda fans.

Lee, who was 49, drew both the ire and the admiration of South Beach club owners and fellow entertainers in the late-'90s. She called Tampa home in the years just before her death, according to Lee-Thomas.

Here's Wanda performing "I Will Survive" at Tampa's Pride on 7th two years ago:

See also:
- Arrest Made in Murder of South Beach Drag Queen Wanda
- Wanda Woman: SoBe's NBA-size drag queen's antics have resulted in his virtual banishment from clubland

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Troubled or not, she changed. i find this article if you call it that, a very poor and tasteless proof of non character. this person died all of the cattiness and insults are unnecessary i mean even in death elaine cant get over wanda , waow. the tea i heard was "THE REASON WHY WANDA SLAPPED THE SHIT OUT OF ELAINE WAS BECAUSE WHEN SHE WAS 2 T CELLS DOWN AT MT. SINAI" she didnt appreciate the visit or freindship and flaunted her pseudo Z list celebrity status ,to look down on the other drag queens. 

Wanda was loved, even in her notoriety and thats how she lived, she cared about who she wanted to care for and the rest... well... and sometimes in life you want a little REAL. 

She beat all of us, she is free now and at peace because she has passed away knowing and accepting who she IS WANDA! LOVED!

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