A convicted killer serving a life sentence for murdering his wife 16 years ago wants Massachusetts to pay for his sex change operation.
Television station WCVB reported that Robert Kosilek now goes by the name Michelle. He's already been before the state courts and has received favorable rulings.
The court has previously granted the 57-year-old the right to have the state pay for his female hormone treatments and laser hair removal after a judge ruled he is entitled to treatment for a condition called gender identity disorder.
Now, Kosilek wants the commonwealth to pay for a sex change operation to become a woman.
His lawyer said that denying him the operation amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
On Tuesday, a psychiatrist testified that Kosilek is likely to commit suicide if he doesn't get the operation.
The trial in Federal District Court in South Boston is expected to last about two weeks.