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Dallas Jury Finds Man Guilty for Robbery in Anti-Gay Attack

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NOTE: This is not the first, second, or third anti-gay hate crime I've had to write about TODAY. It's the fourth. Have we reached that 'civil rights' violence threshold yet, Mike Huckabee?

A Dallas jury today found Jonathan Gunter guilty of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the July 2008 attack on Jimmy Lee Dean in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of the city. Gunter and another man who awaits trial, Bobby Singleton, were charged in the attack.

Dean The Dallas Morning News reports: "Dean told jurors that Gunter punched him in the nose and that the next thing he remembered was seeing two men beat him. Gunter kicked him in the back and Singleton kicked him in the face before he lost consciousness again, he said. A witness testified hearing Gunter and Singleton make anti-gay remarks during the attack. As a result of the attack, Dean suffered a fractured back and dislocated jaw, and his chin was broken in half. He testified that he has vision problems, lost his sense of smell and is still missing teeth."

According to the paper, defense attorneys argued that Singleton was responsible for the beating. According to the Dallas Voice, Gunter faces 5 to 99 years in sentencing, which is underway.

UPDATE: Gunter gets 30 years.

And if you're interested in seeing a rather heartbreaking video of the result this ugly attack had on Dean, watch the news report that was done last August, shortly after the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. As if I weren't depressed enough today. All the news I read, everyday, and even some of the comments, makes me realize this world is a shitty, shitty place. I have officially lost faith in humanity.

    Posted by: CJ | Mar 4, 2009 6:36:06 PM


  2. This was clearly a hate crime, and should have been prosecuted as such. It very sad that those two guys were so threaten by this harmless man that looks like he weighs about 110 lbs. Were they so insecure with their own sexuality that they needed to lash out at someone who couldn't hurt a fly? If parents would just teach their kids to be tolerant of others who are different, shit like this wouldn't keep happening. I hope Dean will be able to get on with his life. He deserves all the happiness in the world. My heart goes out to you, Dean.

    -David

    Posted by: David in Houston | Mar 4, 2009 6:42:50 PM


  3. How is it that Texas can manage to put so many people to death every year, but these two might get as little as 5 years?

    It's funny - that corner there, in the gayborhood, they've asked the police to step up patrol.. so what are they doing? Running radar and ticketing in a school zone. Both valid, but NOT what we asked for, DPD. Not at all.

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 4, 2009 7:04:12 PM


  4. The news IS very difficult, and so tragic and unnecessary. It sickens me how the ONLY way to stay informed about H8 Crimes against our community is through our queer blogs (but BIG thanks to ANDY, JOE, PAM, etc. for doing the work).

    The mainstream media's total LACK of attention AND concern speaks volumes about American Life in 2009 - we ARE what the laws SAY we are - worthless pieces of dog sh*t (legally). The patience of our community is also depressing - most of us are willing to wait 10, 20, 30 years for what all others enjoy endlessly - legal equality. Some "protest", others REVOLT.

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Mar 4, 2009 7:39:06 PM


  5. I TOO AM TIRED OF READING AND REPORTING ON THESE MYSELF. THE ANGER AND THE FRUSTRATION JUST GETS TO ME. UNTIL WE ARE VIEWED AS EQUAL UNDER THE LAW, FEDERAL RECOGNITION UNDER THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT, PEOPLE WILL THINK IT OK TO VIEW AND TREAT US SUB-HUMAN. AND WHY NOT? OUR GOVERNMENT VIEWS US AS SUCH, AND TREATS US AS SUCH, UNDER THE LAW. HATE CRIME LEGISLATION ALONE WON'T DO THAT. OUR GOVERNMENT SETS THE TONE. HISTORY SHOWS US THAT. FROM WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE, TO BLACKS BEING INCLUDED UNDER THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT, THINGS WILL NOT GET BETTER UNTIL OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RAISES UP AS WELL.

    Posted by: STEVE TABAREZ | Mar 4, 2009 8:04:08 PM


  6. i hate to say it but gays are the new n****rs. We seem to be the only minority left that people feel comfortable enough to still criticize, abuse and injure or kill knowing there will be little, if any retribution. It is gonna take a lot of years before people finally say this is wrong and we can't allow it anymore. I had a car full of bullies pull a gun on me one night while I was walking down a street in Dallas Texas in 1962 and the only reason I am probably not dead is that a police car happened to show up on the street while this was going on. The thugs drove off but the police department refused to even go after them and I have seen little change since the 40+ years ago that this happened. I hoped by now this would have changed but it hasn't and to this day I do not go out after dark without mace spray. These bigots and bullies have succeeded in terrifying me for the last 45 years of my life and at my age I don't think i will live long enough to see any change in that. A sad world that would allow this to happen and continue unabated for so long.

    Posted by: philberto | Mar 4, 2009 8:11:22 PM


  7. all of these reports need to be sent to the White House through our connections there.... The President needs to see each and every reported crime - read all the hate stories - and listen to all the vitriol on the radio and tv./.

    Posted by: alex in boston | Mar 4, 2009 8:24:48 PM


  8. A 1996 study at the University of Georgia, the results of which were published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, pretty much confirmed that, if you're a homophobic male, chances are you're sexually attracted to men and can't handle it. I so wish the media would give this major publicity, so that gay-bashers might think twice before maiming or killing any more victims. All they're doing with these despicable crimes is announcing to the world how desperate they are to s*ck c*ck - if only they knew that's what they're saying, maybe they would shut the f*ck up and stay home.

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Mar 4, 2009 8:31:36 PM


  9. Is no one inviting Huckabee on their show to call him out for his callous remarks or as I suspect does he just know what he'd be in for and is declining all interviews on anything but FOX?

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 4, 2009 9:00:32 PM


  10. Scum. Thirty years won't teeth back in that man's mouth. I think had he a gun and some training, he'd have thought a bullet to the brain of each of these despicable degenerates would be more than worth losing his teeth.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 4, 2009 10:06:28 PM


  11. Oy. Rather, thirty years imprisonment won't restore his teeth. And also...wow...that I'm sure he valued his teeth more than the lives of these men, and would be more the willing to end their lives to protect them. I know I would be.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 4, 2009 10:13:17 PM


  12. Get the F*CK OUT Joe 2! I am sick of that bs that anti-gay bigots are in fact gay. WRONG!!! WRONG!!! WRONG!!! They are HETEROSEXUAL. Can you handle that Joe 2? Will that shatter your illusion that heterosexuals are pure and perfect like they want to believe themselves. They are as twisted as they come. No idea is more heterosexual than power imbalance. For the heterosexual someone has to be on top and someone has to be on bottom. We know where they believe they are and where they believe we are.

    That 1996 study could not find a heterosexual male that was not bigoted against gay people. So they broke up the HETEROSEXUAL males into two groups one being moderately anti-gay the other being extremely anti-gay. They then showed the males heterosexual and lesbian porn. The males became erect meaning they were HETEROSEXUAL. Last they showed them gay male porn. The moderately anti-gay group became slightly aroused and the extremely anti-gay group became a little more aroused but neither group became semi-hard or erect. Men who are anxious get aroused somewhat. Go look at the research of Meredith Chivers (type "Meredith Chivers pdf") and see findings on arousal. Believe it or not but HETEROSEXUAL males become more arouse by gay male porn than gay men become aroused by lesbian porn.

    I'm also tired of the justice system only charging anti-gay hate crimes as robberies. They completely ignore the assault or murder because they want to minimize what the heterosexual criminal has to face.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 5, 2009 3:32:40 AM


  13. the victim will have a life-time of pain: the perps will suffer for a while. most of us go about our business working, paying taxes, supporting just causes, taking care of our families. in short, being good citizens. yet, subhuman goons like these can wipe all that away by a singular act of destruction. i am not sure exactly where the parameters of punishment lie, but let's be clear: a hate crime is a hate crime. for them to be found guilty of aggravated robbery without the tag of hatred somehow makes them less despicable. and that ain't right.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 5, 2009 4:28:02 AM


  14. More of these m*****f*****g thugs, I just want to punch my computer scree.

    Posted by: kev | Mar 5, 2009 11:19:57 AM


  15. DISCUSTED AMERICAN & OUSSLANDER & SHANE and others:

    you guys haven't commented on this horrific case of gay-bashing. You do realize that the two wretched cowards are actually very light-skinned Negroes, don't you? Now you can comment.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 5, 2009 12:38:07 PM


  16. I am so glad that that guy got 30 years. I know Jimmy and he wouldn't hurt anyone. I've played guitar with him before. He is very good. I hope he gets his life back and remember he has friends. I hope the other guy gets life. Hang in there Jimmy.

    Posted by: Larry P. | Mar 13, 2009 3:54:09 PM


  17. this is ridiculous everyone has so much to say about something they know so little about. No one was there but my brother and his friend.It is no hate crime to beat a man. There is no difference in a gay man,woman,black man,hispanic or any other person recieving such a beating.My brother would have done the same to any of the above.Gays and different races want to fight for equal rights. And then when they get a boo boo they want to cry difference.they want get married like us,they wanna have kids like us go we go do what we do but they dont want to take the same kind of beating as us.this is a crime and nothing more.
    I love you BJ your always my big brother
    but your a naughty boy
    alexandra singleton

    Posted by: alex singleton | Apr 30, 2009 9:54:08 PM


  18. Derrick from philly- not sure what u meant by your coment? Im not racist...and ALL people deserve to be treated equally no matter who/waht you are....Im glad these guys are getting put behind bars/shame without Hate Crime enhancement tho. Now Derrick,if u could explain your comment?

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Aug 21, 2009 2:55:26 PM


  19. @Alexandra "naughty Boy"? I suppose that anyone walking down a public street just deserves to be beaten in your opinion. If he didn't want to be around gay people then what were they doing in Oak Lawn? I think it's more of the "Bubba" mentality that gays are OK to abuse/mame/kill that thrives in the GOP land known as Texas. No different than the Rainbow Lounge raid where the police/TABC decided that it was a good night to go beat up some fags in a bar, it will be fun, right? This is why I agree that no one. gay, str8, or otherwise should always carry mace and be ready to break a knee cap. Wild West mentality still alive and growing in the Southern Hate State.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Jul 12, 2010 11:06:13 PM


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