Police Claim Beating Death of Gay Man Not a Hate Crime
Robert Hardeman, a 69-year-old resident of Alameda, California, was beaten to death with a chair leg by 19-year-old James Wallace Hayworth last week. Hayworth claims that Hardeman sexually assaulted him.
Police investigating the murder say they are not calling it a hate crime because "he killed the victim for what he allegedly did, not for who he was."
According to the San Jose Mercury News, " The two men are believed to have met for the first time on Dec. 3 at the Pop Inn bar on Park Street, where police said they drank together before deciding to go to Hardeman's residence on Eagle Avenue. Hardeman's landlord found him the next morning -- bleeding and unconscious on the floor -- when she let herself into the residence to check on him after she thought she heard him moaning. The teenager was still there asleep on the victim's bed, his clothes splattered with blood, according to investigators. Hayworth beat Hardeman with a wooden chair leg, Fuentes said. 'There was no evidence indicating that the victim fought with the suspect,' he noted. Hayworth initially was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail."
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Hardeman, described "as a kind man with a keen interest in current affairs, and as someone who loved to travel" was set to celebrate his 70th birthday on December 20.