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Texas Teen Claims Sexual Advances Caused Him to Beat Fellow Male Student to Death, Burn the Body


A gruesome story is unfolding in Pearland, Texas, south of Houston, ABC13 reports:

"Authorities now say that Joshua Wilkerson, 18 (above left), was beaten with a large wooden rod and that his body was burned. Hermilio Moralez, 19 (right), is charged with murder in Wilkerson's death. According to court documents, Wilkerson gave Moralez a ride home from school Tuesday and Moralez stated that Wilkerson began to make sexual advances towards him. Moralez said they got out of the truck and began to fight when Wilkerson grabbed a large wooden rod and tried to hit him. Moralez said he took the piece of wood from Wilkerson and began to hit him with it. He said Wilkerson was not moving afterwards."

Moralez also apparently tried to take a police officer's gun from its holster while he was leading authorities to the body. He has been "charged with failure to identify and attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer. His bond on those two charges are $2,000 and $30,000, respectively. No bond has been set for the murder charge."

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  1. So is this really a viable excuse for savage murder? If so there's going to be an awful lot of dead heterosexual men, since they make clumsy, unwanted, and frequently offensively graphic passes at women ALL THE TIME. They'll be dismayed to know that those women will be able to pick up a tire iron and smash their heads open. That will be an interesting precedent to set, if it flies.

    Posted by: naughtylola | Nov 18, 2010 6:01:33 PM

  2. I just hope he doesn't claim that he'd eaten too many twinkies.

    Posted by: Jamie in Las Vegas | Nov 18, 2010 6:06:40 PM

  3. Yes, it is an viable excuse to american juries...that's why they do it. LOL! Where are the families? I know if it were my kid...I'd kill them all. Mother, father, friends, pets, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and their families, too. Nothing could stop me...but I guess most people aren't like that.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 18, 2010 6:08:13 PM

  4. what is with the new, obnoxious auto-playing advertisements on towleroad???? As if there weren't enough things going on on these pages (my computer starts breathing heavy whenever I log in), now I'm forced to endure these ads? Gonna have to close this tab, I guess...

    Posted by: michael | Nov 18, 2010 6:10:52 PM

  5. This is disgusting. I hope he gets the gas chamber.

    Posted by: androjai | Nov 18, 2010 6:18:00 PM

  6. Tried to snatch an officer's gun? He's obviously a hardcore thug. Joshua gave a ride to the wrong dude. Sad.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 18, 2010 6:22:27 PM

  7. I'm with Michael - silence the auto-play ads!

    Posted by: ptx | Nov 18, 2010 6:22:31 PM

  8. Hmmm... Texas. What a surprise...

    I do NOT believe the part about the murderer 'disarming' his victim before killing him.

    Whatever... He had a choice about how to respond to 'unwanted sexual advances' from this young man. He won't be so fortunate as to have the same choice in prison...

    He's just gonna have to bite his pillow and try to relax. He'll get the hang of it after 30 or 40 rapes.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Nov 18, 2010 6:26:13 PM

  9. If that's a booking photo--he's got a look that would make ME want to drag him behind a truck on a gravel road.

    Posted by: CoMo'moc | Nov 18, 2010 6:29:15 PM

  10. Ah, yes. The old gay panic defense. That's what Matthew Shepard's murderers tried at the time. Didn't work for them. Now they're cooling their heels for two life sentences with no parole.
    As for Morales here, hope he gets a lifetime to think it over as well.

    Posted by: Dave | Nov 18, 2010 6:32:39 PM

  11. I just watched the news report. 2 things:

    The 2 were friends for 5 years. Both were described as 'normal' calm, polite. Morales is suffering from some form of mental illness, example schizophrenia. He's the right age for it's onset. In a paranoid frenzy he killed his friend.

    Morales came on to Wilkinson. Wilkinson rebuffed him, possibly even physically. Either way, Morales felt he had to kill Wilkinson. This sounds more plausible than Wilkinson hitting on Morales.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 18, 2010 6:33:25 PM

  12. naughtylola: Yeah... what you said.

    I wonder how he'll fend off sexual advances in prison...

    Posted by: JimmyD | Nov 18, 2010 6:38:26 PM

  13. A guy who is described as 'normal', no history of violence, no criminal history, suddenly kills his friend, burns his body, is found by cops roaming around near where the crime occurred, then tries to snatch an officers weapon? This kid is either:

    High on some serious drugs

    Mentally ill, like paranoid schizophrenia, it kicks in usually between 18-19-early 20's.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 18, 2010 6:41:22 PM

  14. Quit making excuses for the creep.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 18, 2010 7:00:53 PM

  15. Moralez. That's a Mexican name isn't it? Well that settles it.

    Posted by: SSCHIEFRSHA | Nov 18, 2010 7:09:15 PM

  16. Quit making excuses for the creep.

    POSTED BY: DAVID EHRENSTEIN | NOV 18, 2010 7:00:53 PM


    A serious mental illness like schizophrenia is not an 'excuse', sunshine. It's a possible explanation for his out of character behavior. He should still be prosecuted and imprisoned, even executed if the court thinks it's appropriate. Certainly, he should NEVER be released from prison. You can't cure what he did. I know there are raging lefties who disagree with what I just said.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 18, 2010 7:09:53 PM

  17. Moralez is a SPANISH/European name. It's just as much American as Mexican. Mexico was colonized and settled by Europeans [and others] just like the U.S. former president Vincente Fox is half Irish descent. Fox is an Irish name.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 18, 2010 7:13:48 PM

  18. settles what, creme fraiche? Fuck you, race baiter.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 18, 2010 7:16:25 PM

  19. It's disgusting to read gay men relish in the fact that prisoners are subjected to rape and sexual abuse in custody. regardless of the crime, it is inhumane, uncivilized and unbecoming to "wish" rape on anyone.

    Posted by: Prosecute Abuse | Nov 18, 2010 7:17:09 PM

  20. Typical gay panic defense. If I'm not mistaken, this particular defense rarely works.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 18, 2010 7:20:29 PM

  21. This article says that the victim was the one to first grab that wood thing & try to hit the murderer first, I don't know if actually was the murderer who grabbed it first and he's just saying that to make look the victim as the one who's started the violent thing. Or if the victim really did grab the wood, but just to prepare if the thing was going violent. But to hit him first? Maybe the murderer told him he was going to kill him so he was going to hit him & run? Or if the victim was also mad & he did actually grabbed that thing first & tried to hit him first.

    Idk, the murderer could say that in the fight with the wood thing the victim tried first the violent things & then so he "panic".

    Maybe the victim was defending himself? The thing is that why could he said "No" & that's it? & if he insisted get out of the car & leave & if he insisted hard, punch him once & run. Idk. It's also not like he tried to rape him or something harsh. -.-

    This is SO fucked up.

    Posted by: Alonso | Nov 18, 2010 7:29:24 PM

  22. @Steve: hopefully, but so much depends on the jurisdiction, jury, and charges. The fact that they'd been friends for five years makes this case rather mysterious, given the potential issues in their history together and, as others have noted, the likely mental or drug issues involved.

    Taking an officer's gun is not an offense taken lightly by police, but murder is clearly the issue here. And we'll never know what really happened, since the victim is dead.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 18, 2010 7:36:04 PM

  23. Why is it that the gay boys always fantasize about the perp taking it up the chute in prison on these comment sites? Is it like some dream cum true for them?

    Posted by: franken | Nov 18, 2010 7:54:53 PM

  24. Somebody is going to FRY in Texas!

    Don't mess with Texas!

    He deserves the chair. (I prefer hanging or firing squad)

    Posted by: pepa | Nov 18, 2010 8:01:16 PM

  25. It's not just gay people who joke about prison rape, or who seem to relish the idea of it as some sort of karmic penalty. It's a disgustingly mainstream view.

    Anyone who wonders how someone like Moralez could dehumanize his victim so utterly -- and yet fervently wishes for him to die or be raped -- has a lot of thinking and growing up left to do.

    Posted by: Tom | Nov 18, 2010 8:40:29 PM

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