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Killer in Brooklyn Attack Says He's Not Anti-Gay, Acted in Self-Defense

Keith Phoenix, the 28-year-old man who was arrested last week in the brutal killing of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay in December, says he was pissed because Sucuzhanay and his brother walked in front of his SUV and kicked it after Phoenix blew the horn at them, according to the New York Daily News. He claims he was acting in self-defense because he thought Sucuzhanay had a gun:

Phoenix33 "So he grabbed a bat from the SUV and struck Jose four times, he said, and hit him twice more when he thought he was reaching for the gun again. Phoenix, a paroled robber, swore he had no idea he killed a man until cops told him. 'Dead? Dead? If I knew he was dead I would have been going crazy,' he said. 'I have remorse for the death.' He denied police accounts that he callously blurted, 'So I killed someone - that makes me a bad guy?' when nabbed. Police and the Sucuzhanay family scoffed at the account. What he said is 'insulting to the victims,' railed family lawyer Jose Arrufat Gracia.' His statements are contrary to the facts. Neither brother had a weapon,' Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said. Cops say he got out of his SUV spewing anti-gay and anti-Hispanic epithets. Phoenix, whose lawyer also claimed his client was acting in self-defense, said he was stung by allegations he targeted the brothers because he thought they were gay. 'I'm not a hateful person,' he said. 'I have nothing against gay people.' He also said he is part Hispanic. Asked about surveillance video that shows him laughing 20 minutes after the attack, he said he was bantering with a toll clerk"

Phoenix's lawyer told the court: "The deceased was the aggressor." He later told reporters: "To me, it is not a gay bashing or gay hate crime."

The NYPD and mayor's press conference from late last week, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. FUCK YOU, KEITH PHOENIX!!! Blaming the victim has become a standard tactic with lawyers and I'm sure his is telling him that it's his word against the victim's brother. If Sucuzhanay had a gun what fool would've gotten out of the car and grabbed a baseball bat?! Fucking idiot!!

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Mar 2, 2009 10:19:17 AM

  2. Murderer without the white hood & robe.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 2, 2009 10:43:26 AM

  3. Any attorney who would allow or encourage their client to lie this blatantly and stupidly should be disbarred and jailed for conspiracy to commit perjury. He has a responsibility to the court and to truth, along with his responsibility to his client.

    His name is Jay H. Schwitzman (from the Times article linked), and his office number is 718 797 1000.

    Posted by: Sportin' Life | Mar 2, 2009 11:05:00 AM

  4. FAIL. Go to JAIL.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Mar 2, 2009 11:24:33 AM

  5. Isn't it nice to know he isn't anti-gay?
    Hope he feels the same way when he becomes somebodys BITCH in prison and they tear his ass to shreds! FUCK HIM! He's got great cocksucking lips too so he'll be put to good use satisfying the inmates. Just because he has a perty face and that cocky bravado going on makes him feel immune to his actions and the consequences of those actions? What a waste of human life.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Mar 2, 2009 11:27:55 AM


    He will get what he deserves. His lawyer is not that stupid. They both know that Phoenix is going to be convicted and sentenced to a good deal of time, less time if there is a whiff of self-defense. They are just laying the ground-work.

    Posted by: Will | Mar 2, 2009 11:42:32 AM

  7. "That fag attacked me!"

    If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that one...

    Fry this guy.

    Posted by: Sean | Mar 2, 2009 11:58:13 AM

  8. This guy is a two bit thug who has no sense of responsibility for anything he does. Clearly his lawyer is telling this thug what to say so as to reduce his sentence. The photo of him smiling at the toll booth collector clearly says so much about how little he was effected by the beating to death of another human being. Thank you NYPD!

    Posted by: Joe | Mar 2, 2009 12:25:23 PM

  9. "The deceased was the aggressor." He later told reporters: "To me, it is not a gay bashing or gay hate crime." They are pursuing this line of defense since a "Hate Motivated Crime" of this degree requires a longer prison sentence! So the victim crossed in front of his SUV, there were 3 men in the vehicle and Phoenix's only recourse was to grab a bat and beat the man dead? Why didn't one of the passengers call the police?

    Posted by: alex in boston | Mar 2, 2009 12:43:23 PM

  10. These barbaric monsters just appear more and more despicable and worthless with every passing day...if that were possible. Any remnant of moral conscious is clearly missing from their genetic make up. They are a waste of this planet's oxygen, water, resources, and space. They offer nothing to society but a burden.



    And spare me any of that "death penalty makes us just as worse blah, blah, blah" crap.

    Posted by: Andy | Mar 2, 2009 12:52:28 PM

  11. Let me understand this "story". The defendant claims the victims kicked his SUV and had a gun. Thus, the rather muscular defendant got out of his large SUV with similar sized men because two smaller sized males kicked his SUV and may have brandished a weapon at the dark of night. Why did the defendant not drive away and phone the police? Why did the defendant come out with other men, outnumbering the victims? Why did the defendant shout anti-homosexual remarks towards the victims if he was not anti-homosexual? Why did the defendant come out to attack a man who he claims brandished a weapon?

    Too many why's and not enough plausible answers. It seems the defense attorney has recommended the defendant claim non-anti-homosexual bias and a self defense strategy to lessen the blow. Good luck with that...

    Posted by: CJ | Mar 2, 2009 1:10:17 PM

  12. Yeah. Cuz The Gays are SO threatening. Cuz The Gays are always attacking and shooting straight men. Oh...I'm sorry. I mean "defending" themselves.

    Listen up Keith (and all you straight guys): there's plenty of us faggots out here who are your worse nightmare and one day you'll tangle with the wrong one.

    SUV = little dick

    Killing homos = little dick

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 2, 2009 1:18:10 PM

  13. Soooooo, a baseball bat can defend you from a bullet? We need to pass on this info to our Army immediately.....!!! If you're in fear of your life you LEAVE the scene - not escalate it by confronting someone head on.

    There's more holes in this story than there are perforations in a sieve.

    Rotting in jail is too good for this moron: FRY THE BASTARD! Preferably with electrodes attached to his minuscule balls....

    Posted by: CARIBTONY | Mar 2, 2009 2:33:58 PM

  14. Confidential to SFSHAWN:


    Posted by: Marc | Mar 2, 2009 2:40:35 PM

  15. MARC:

    what's with the attack on SFSHAWN? Nobody on this thread has shown any sympathy for the bigoted savages.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 2, 2009 2:47:29 PM

  16. No but he has once again supported the premise that it is perfectly acceptable to make light of rape in some situations. I'm tired of it. Rape under ANY circumstance is not something to be made a joke of. Hopefully at some point we will as a society expect more from ourselves.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 2, 2009 3:41:46 PM

  17. I love the rogue's gallery behind the police commission they all look like they would rather be somewhere else!

    Posted by: David B. | Mar 2, 2009 3:57:19 PM

  18. As a post script, you do realize the connection implied between homosexuality and rape for all to see each time this is entered into print by someone.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 2, 2009 5:02:49 PM

  19. I agree with you, Marc. I'm tired of people saying that anal rape is a suitable (and humiliating) punishment for criminals.

    But maybe a lucid comment with the point made would be more effective than a non-specific STFU?

    Posted by: Sportin' Life | Mar 2, 2009 7:48:24 PM

  20. Ya know Sportin' Life, I've tried that.

    I've done my best to be as articulate, considerate, tactful and reasonable as possible. But because it obviously has not worked, its time to stop the "time out" tactic and start to verbally spank some people.

    I think that way has continually shown our weakness and left us emasculated. It has allowed that kind of talk to continue unabated on these boards and in society at large. It's not acceptable period.

    You do realize that every time that someone posts that kind of comment on a board; forever for all to see, that it subconsciously links rape and homosexuality together?

    I'm trying to make people think about what they say, do or write, rather than point out their error after it is too late to retract it.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 2, 2009 9:09:45 PM

  21. This is the highest form of bullshit ever attempted. I'm sure a death-inducing beat down was required for "kicking" his car, which I doubt even ever happened. Oh the complete lies involved here. End this bastard's freedom.

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Mar 2, 2009 10:36:25 PM

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