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Accused Killer Uses 'Gay Panic' Defense in Michigan Murder Trial

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A jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan began its deliberations yesterday in the murder trial of 21-year-old Steve Scarborough, who last July struck 62-year-old Victor Manious with a bat before dragging Manious down a flight of stairs and putting him in the trunk of the victim's car where he was left to die. Scarborough, then, according to The Grand Rapids Press, "spent the next several days dining, shopping and traveling with credit cards belonging to Manious."

The prosecution claims that Scarborough was at a gay bar and targeted Manious for robbery, luring him to his friend Justin Robinson's apartment where the robbery was botched, Manious was struck, and the body was hidden. The defense claims that Manious, who came to the apartment looking for Robinson, knocked out Scarborough and when Scarborough awoke Manious was performing oral sex on him, which set off the chain of events leading to the murder. Another report has a slightly different version of event with the same gist.

Meanwhile, the Manious' widow and daughter can't comprehend that Manious was leading a secret gay life.

Family rejects talk of victim's secret gay lifestyle in Scarborough murder trial [the grand rapids press]

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  1. Yeah I read over @ Queerty that the daughter felt insulted by such allegations. I wonder what's insulting about the story. Being accused of sexually assaulting someone or the fact that said "someone" happens to be a "he"...

    Posted by: Shabaka | Apr 10, 2008 12:29:32 PM


  2. i tell you something honey, you gotta be careful when you're out there... i've had some close calls myself in the past, even tricked with a young thing who murdered an old queen the next day but i guess it just comes with the territory ... yeah, us old queens gotta be careful when eyeing the hot young stuff but that goes for everybody, too.

    Posted by: the queen | Apr 10, 2008 12:33:28 PM


  3. The "panic" defense should not be allowed simply because of the movement of the body and subsequent credit card use. A panicked person would have left the body where it fell and would not have been charging anything linking them to the victim. Isn't it too late in the day to use this defense?

    Posted by: DC ARNOLD | Apr 10, 2008 12:52:41 PM


  4. The "panic" defense should not be allowed simply because of the movement of the body and subsequent credit card use. A panicked person would have left the body where it fell and would not have been charging anything linking them to the victim. Isn't it too late in the day to use this defense?

    Posted by: DC ARNOLD | Apr 10, 2008 12:53:40 PM


  5. The "panic" defense should not be allowed simply because of the movement of the body and subsequent credit card use. A panicked person would have left the body where it fell and would not have been charging anything linking them to the victim. Isn't it too late in the day to use this defense?

    Posted by: DC ARNOLD | Apr 10, 2008 12:54:58 PM


  6. Can you even perform oral sex on someone who's been knocked out? Would they get a hard-on?

    Posted by: crispy | Apr 10, 2008 1:10:05 PM


  7. Rapists are not allowed to try to use the defense of "she was looking for it" etc. Similarly, the gay panic defense is some Victorian-era remnant. Our society should not condone murder in response to gay propositions, even if you're straight. The defense of he was assaulted and woke up being fellated is a good legal twist on it (it conjures up "self-defense"), but how believable is that. The victim did not have to knock someone out to find a 21-year old to fellate. There's plenty of willing 21-year old$.

    What happens to these killers of gays in prison?

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 10, 2008 1:26:53 PM


  8. Rape victims don't go on a spending spree with their rapists credit cards. Let's say he was vicitimized and struck the perpetrator on the head. Scared, he hides the body in the car. O.K. Possible. But to take his credit cards and go shopping? Don't buy it.

    Last year, an Indiana Republican Party big wig got caught orally raping a young man. The victim and his sister were involved in the GOP and had been out with the party leader at night. Since it was late, they invited the guy to spend the night in a guest room. The young man woke up to find the older Republican masturbating while he was being raped. Terrified, he ran out of the room to his sister for help.

    They kicked the GOP guy out of the house and called the police.

    That's what real people do when they are raped. They freak out at being violated unlike some porn fantasy.

    http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2007/08/questions-surround-rising-indiana-gop.html
    http://www.news-tribune.net/breakingnews/local_story_219210228.html
    http://www.newsandtribune.com/clarkcounty/local_story_098132503.html
    http://www.newsandtribune.com/clarkcounty/local_story_098132503.html

    Posted by: noah | Apr 10, 2008 2:18:26 PM


  9. sad he should fry...

    Posted by: alan brickman | Apr 10, 2008 8:31:08 PM


  10. The accused, Steven Scarborough, was convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter. The jury did not find for First Degree Murder which would have meant life in prison. However, Steven has prior felonies (which the jury was not allowed to hear) and that can be taken into account when he is sentenced next week and may result in a harsher penalty than the 15-year sentence that comes with Voluntary Manslaughter.

    Posted by: Carl - Michigan | Apr 11, 2008 1:55:29 AM


  11. After the Gwen Araujo case, the California Legislature passed a law to ban the 'gay panic' defense.

    At the time, Republicans were screaming that it violate the defendants' right to a fair trial, the attorneys' freedom of speech, and was another step on the road to the "normalization of homosexuality."

    Now, several years later, the courts have found the prohibition on 'gay panic' both constitutional and reasonable. Prosecutors are thrilled they don't have to deal with this ridiculous tactic anymore. And the GOPers are still a bunch of hateful jackasses.

    But hey, 2 out of 3 isn't that bad!

    Posted by: John | Apr 11, 2008 2:32:01 AM


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