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Jury Shown Gay 'Internet Date' Killing Confession Video in CT

Mercado  In January 2008 I posted about the Christmas Eve 'internet date' killing of a 41-year-old man, Thomas Szadowski, in Southington, Connecticut. Yesterday, a video confession from that man's killer was played for jurors in a courtroom.

Reports the Hartford Courant: "The video is of an interview with police in which he admits shooting Szadkowski in Szadkowski's apartment in Southington. 'I always say I ain't scared anymore, but I was kind of scared,' he says in the video. He wondered if Szadkowski would rape him or if the drinks he was offered were drugged. Mercado said Szadkowksi touched his leg and tugged at his belt. They eventually engaged in oral sex, he said. Mercado, who told Szadkowski he was not gay or bisexual, said he stood by the door, feeling like a little kid. 'Why couldn't I just leave? I was right there in front of the freakin' door,' he said. He said he needed fresh air and went to the trunk of his car, where he kept a firearm. He returned to the home. He said in the video that he doesn't remember too much of the shooting. He said he couldn't hear anything except a ringing in his ears. 'Then I heard a thud,' he said. The 'thud' was the sound of Szadkowski falling to the floor."

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  1. So you aren't gay, but you ended up in the guy's living room? I call that PRE-MEDITATED !!

    Posted by: ty | Mar 10, 2010 10:02:38 AM

  2. ahh sounds to me that this guy - wanted cock, got scared..then killed the guy....GUILTEEEEE!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Mar 10, 2010 10:20:34 AM

  3. Another tragic example of how damaging homophobia and the closet can be to troubled gay people.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 10, 2010 10:26:31 AM

  4. How sad that our society continues to send the message that same sex behavior is so bad that people kill each other over something that is so inconseqeuential.

    Posted by: Walter | Mar 10, 2010 10:27:18 AM

  5. So in other words, the not-gay guy who set up a date with another man, who's afraid the man he has consensual oral sex with is going to drug and rape him, leaves the place that makes him afraid (whew! got away!) and then COMES BACK, with a gun he just happened to bring along on his not-gay date.

    Ah, stupid criminal, let us count thy FAIL.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Mar 10, 2010 10:42:37 AM

  6. This is just the sort of thing that can happen when you don't look like your pix!

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 10, 2010 11:05:58 AM

  7. What does he think will happen to him in prison where he won't have the gun and will have some big guys wanting him?

    Posted by: Rann | Mar 10, 2010 11:40:53 AM

  8. um...with those over-tweezed eyebrows, it's a tough argument to say that he's not gay...

    Posted by: drifterbob | Mar 10, 2010 7:42:26 PM

  9. You notice he didn't have gay panic until AFTER he came.

    Posted by: lgwolf | Mar 11, 2010 5:42:37 AM

  10. Purty mouth! Just sayin'

    Posted by: Bill Cooney | Mar 19, 2010 3:05:37 AM

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