Defendant Pleads Guilty in Beating Death of Indiana Gay Man


I wrote about the beating death of Aaron “Shorty” Hall of Crothersville, Indiana last June. Hall was attacked and fatally assaulted after allegedly propositioning 19-year-old Garret Gray and 18-year-old Coleman King. Crothersville is a southern Indiana town halfway between Indianapolis and Louisville.

AaronshortyhallDaily Kos wrote at the time that Gray and King “were so freaked out when ‘propositioned’ by Aaron Hall on April 12th, that they proceeded to beat the 100 pound, 5’4 man for hours, using their fists, boots, dragging him down a staircase while his head slammed into each step, and then throwing him in a ditch and leaving. Aaron managed to crawl out of the ditch and out into a nearby field, where he died, alone and naked.”

Mainstream media hardly noticed.

Today it was reported that Gray admitted to voluntary manslaughter under a plea agreement: “The agreement calls for Gray to serve a 30-year prison sentence and dismisses a charge of murder, which carried a potential sentence of 45 to 65 years upon conviction.”

Gray’s accomplice King pleaded guilty under identical terms and will be sentenced at the end of the month.

According to the Courier-Journal, “A third defendant, James Hendricks, 21, still faces a charge of assisting a criminal for allegedly helping Gray and King dump Hall’s body…Hendricks drove Gray’s truck while the other two continued beating Hall in the bed of the pickup until they dumped him in a ditch, the affidavit said. The document said the men went back days later, wrapped the body in a tarp and put it in an outbuilding at Gray’s house, where police later found it.”


2nd man guilty in fatal beating [courier journal]

Indiana Hate Crime Ignored as Killers Prepare ‘Gay Panic’ Defense [tr]


  1. Brian says

    Wow, for a trio who hates buttfucking so much, they’re about to get a whole mess of it for the next 30 years. Maybe we should send them some lube, as a Christian humanitarian offering.

    Gay panic, my ass. They deserve every year.

  2. Taylor says

    Wow, a plea bargain that got him 30 years! While the lack of a hate crime addition onto the sentence is disgusting, 30 years is still adequate (imo).

    What a waste of life, both that of the victim and the murderers. I’m not on the side of the killers, but I still think 30 years in prison is a horrible way to spend a life.

    I don’t want to sound like a hippy but the world needs a little more peace and love these days…

  3. Lou says

    What a disgusting thing to have happen! Yet, it serves to reinforce that we, as gay men, need to learn effective self-defense to prevent future tragedies from happening.

  4. Luke says

    Two bit, trifling, potheads/methheads who will reap the benefits of a life they will come to hate more than the gays they “fear.” And, they will not be able to beat down the guys in jail ike they did this small man who they knew they could harm

    It should have been life without parole, since the victims family will never have him back. I tire of the killers always copping a plea and getting these sentences that don’t fit the crime.

    These gay killing cowards deserve the chair, along with the politicians who help incite this hate.

  5. Michael W. says

    These fuckers deserved life in prison, if not the death penalty (obviously if you want to murder someone, move to Indiana to do it). They beat somebody up out of hate and the person died and the sentence is 30 years?!? And Taylor, you think that is adequate?!? For fucking taking away someone’s life??? Taylor, your words don’t make you sound like a hippy, they make you sound like an idiot.

  6. says

    I feel as though I was reading this post earlier and there were a lot more comments here. I may be having a glitch issue with the comments and some may have been deleted. If so, I apologize, and will try and look into it.

  7. Darren says

    Why is it that guys who are homophobic and don’t wanna be touched by a guy. stupidly give themselves a one way ticket to rapeville.. and by HUGE, prison c0ck… heh. Sweet, young chicken like that won’t make it out of prison.. they did get a death sentence, just not one involving the chair.

  8. says

    I would like to comment but I am crying.
    I’m thinking of that poor man who took that beating, crawled out of a ditch to a nearby field & died alone & naked!!
    It could have been me or any of us.
    so so sad. God rest his soul & give peace to his family!
    And fry these thugs!

  9. DC Arnold says

    Not to be piling on but these monsters will get what’s coming to them in the form of a worked out, hard cocked protector who won’t take no for an answer in the shower or the cell. I can imagine a scene straight outta OZ where one or all will be branded as somebody’s Bitch.

  10. nic says


    i empathize with you. violence other than in defense of self, family, or friends is difficult to understand. this type of brutality, however, is so far beyond the pale, that it boggles the mind. i simply do not understand it.

  11. Disgusted American says

    Well look it’s Indiana…one of the “Hatest states” against gays/lesbians. I too blame religion..for “Instigating”. My straight brother has been approached quite a few times in his life..he just says, “No Thank you,but thanks anyway”..and takes it as a compliment…I guess cause’ he’s comfortable as to who he is…these weirdos probably went to church every sunday too.

  12. Rich says

    Of course this is a horrible tragedy and these guys deserve a sentence. But this Aaron Hall must have been on drugs or something. Cause seriously, if you’re an older guy you just don’t proposition yourself to much younger guys when it’s not known if they are even gay-friendly. He’s voluntarily placing himself in a position to be easily discriminated or harrassed. Unfortunately, this is an extreme case. But regardless, I’m sure there are others in Indiana who will threaten or assault someone for their sexual orientation if they feel like they can get away with it. It sounds like Aaron could have easily avoided this.

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