Social media and phone records led police to Bogdanov, who had been messaging with Nikki on Snapchat the day of her disappearance.
Bogdanov testified in his own defense Tuesday
, admitting he killed her but saying that he did it in self-defense
, a claim prosecutors refuted
, CNN affiliate KATU
At the time of Bogdanov’s arrest, Vancouver police Lt. Tom Ryan told reporters that the man had picked up the victim in a van and taken her to a residence.
That’s where the teen confirmed she was biologically male, and Bogdanov gave a statement “saying that made him really, really uncomfortable and disturbed him, and he asked Nikki to get out of his van and she walked away,” according to Ryan.
On the stand, he said the teen fought him and reached for a gun, and he said he had no choice but to subdue her, KATU reported.
Court documents suggest Bogdanov strangled the teen with a cord, according to KATU.
Bogdanov admitted that in June 2019, he dumped the girl’s body near Larch Mountain in remote Clark County, according to KATU.
Under questioning, he acknowledged that he would have found it “humiliating” if his family found out that he had been with a transgender woman.
Sentencing is set for September 9.