The murder of Amber Hartwig drew a lot of attention early on because her killer, husband Michael Adams, had gender-identity disorder. Hartwig was getting ready to leave him and take their kids because of the changes in Adams' life:
The couple’s teenage daughter ran into the kitchen of the Belton home that night in 2009 and found her mother, 36, dead on the floor and her father, Michael S. Adams Jr., dressed in women’s clothing, sitting on the floor smoking a cigarette. He had a superficial, self-inflicted bullet wound to his chest. A .45-caliber handgun lay nearby.
During his courtroom apology, Adams described the shooting as an accident. As part of his plea deal, he gives up any appeals, and his kids won't have to testify.