Accused Killer Uses ‘Gay Panic’ Defense in Michigan Murder Trial


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]

Posted April 10, 2008 at 12:20pm ETC by Andy Towle
in crime, Michigan, News