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Killer Of NYC Gay Man Pleads Not Guilty

Elliot Morales, charged with murder as a hate crime in the brutal killing of a NYC gay man, Mark Carson (pictured), pleaded not guilty today in a Manhattan court room, the New York Daily News reports:

6a00d8341c730253ef0192aa1e8347970d-800wi"The disturbed suspect shook his head as the charges of second degree murder as a hate crime, menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon were read out in Manhattan criminal court."

As reported earlier, Carson was shot in the face at point-blank range and killed in Greenwich Village on May 18. Morales' lawyer, Kevin Michael Canfield, recently attributed his client's actions to being sexually abused as a child. Additional details were also revealed today about the horrific circumstances surrounding the murder:

"[Morales] boasted of the murder moments after pulling the trigger, court documents claim.

'He thought he was tough, and I shot him. It's the last thing he'll remember,' Elliot Morales, 33, told cops according to court documents released at his arraignment Tuesday.

'Guy thought he was tough in front of his b---- so I shot him. Diagnosis is dead, doctor.'"

Morales also allegedly threatened police during the course of his interrogation:

"'I keep bringing you deeper and deeper into my hell,' Morales allegedly said. 'Just wait till I get these cuffs off, the first b---- cop I see I'm gonna take out.'"

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance used the occasion to call attention to the prejudice that LGBT people face every day, even in places such as New York City.  Via CBS New York:

“'This young man’s tragic death serves as a reminder of the discrimination that many of our family members, coworkers, and friends still face,' said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance. 'This defendant is charged with targeting and gunning down Mark Carson on the streets of Greenwich Village because of his sexual orientation. Mr. Carson was murdered as he walked through a neighborhood that has long been a center of the gay rights movement and home to many LGBT New Yorkers, as well as a destination for LGBT visitors from around the globe...Bias-related crimes have no place in New York City. By instilling fear, hate crimes tear at the very fabric of our communities.'”

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  1. This is the United States. The murderer will get away with it just like Dharun Ravi got away with bullying and murdering Tyler Clementi. Our Judges here are right wing. They hate gays. Until that ends gay people will never get real justice.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jun 18, 2013 8:25:12 PM

  2. He confessed to it. It's almost impossible to un-confess. If he had been harshly interrogated by police he might have a case, but he bragged about it PDQ so he's going away for a long time.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 18, 2013 8:40:37 PM

  3. ¡Viva LA Raza!

    Posted by: me | Jun 18, 2013 8:58:12 PM

  4. Yeah, he thinks he hates gays now, wait until he's spent a few years as Bubba's lil' boytoy. I almost wish I could be there in the showers when it happens. Hey Elliot, some advice: if you drop the soap in the shower, you will wind up married. Better hold on tight...or use liquid soap. Good luck in prison, Elliot. I am sure your mother is so proud of you! Rot in hell (or prison, which for you, will seem quite like hell), you piece of human sh*t. I hope they make mincemeat out of your ass.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Jun 19, 2013 3:33:53 AM

  5. I guess we'll see just how "tough" Morales is in jail without his gun.

    Posted by: Red | Jun 19, 2013 5:16:03 AM

  6. The word he was looking for wasn't "tough". It was "Uppity". How dare a faggot walk down the street as if he had any right to?

    He's a product of his environment. Probably secretly attracted to men too. Most homophobes like him are.

    Posted by: Zoe Brain | Jun 19, 2013 5:23:19 AM

  7. you shore gotta purdy mouth, Morales. Bend over and let me see that purdy ass.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jun 19, 2013 7:13:36 AM

  8. Psychopath. He should never have been out on the streets. Out patient, 'community' based mental health programs don't work for guys this crazy.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 19, 2013 9:15:43 AM

  9. He's the one who was "acting uppity." Convict him and fry him.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Jun 19, 2013 4:56:01 PM

  10. It will be interesting to see if justice is actually served considering there really is no justified "defense"? But Dan White got away with it under the "twinkie defense" so one never knows how irrational and UNFAIR the jury process can be but one can hope he spends the rest of his days behind bars serving his fellow inmates with that smart mouth of his. lol.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 19, 2013 5:55:13 PM

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