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04/19/2007


Jury Convicts Oregon Mother in Killing of 4-Year-Old Son She Thought Might Be Gay

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Late last week we reported on the trial of Jessica Dutro, an Oregon mom charged with one count of murder, five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault in the death of her 4-year-old son.

Dutro had instructed her boyfriend Brian Canady, who has already pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault in the child's death, to "work on" her son, Zachary, sending him a Facebook message that she thought the 4-year-old was gay:  “He walks and talks like it. Ugh.”

A jury convicted yesterday on all seven counts after less than an hour of deliberation.

The Oregonian reports that it was likely the heartbreaking testimony of Dutro's daughter that helped convict her:

If jurors believed nothing else, prosecutors said Wednesday, they should believe the girl. She watched her mom and her mom's boyfriend fatally beat Zachary Dutro-Boggess Aug. 12, 2012, the day before his 4th birthday.

"They beat up my brother, then he died," the girl told her counselor. "I seen them."

To a Tigard detective, she said, "Jessica and Brian, they kept hitting him and punching him. He didn't listen to them so they kicked him and punched him and stuff and they kept doing it and doing it. ... They knew he were sick and stuff. And they didn't tell anybody."

Dutro reportedly showed no reaction to the conviction.


Gay Michigan Woman Assaulted by Man Who Saw Her Marry on the News: REPORT

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A couple marries in Washtenaw county.

A Michigan woman tells police she was assaulted after appearing on the news for her marriage to a woman in Washtenaw County, one of four counties that began marrying same-sex couples after the state's ban was struck down and before a stay was put in place.

WWJ reports:

A 28-year-old lesbian told authorities she was walking home after getting off a bus, Monday evening in Ypsilanti Township, when she was assaulted by three men — one of whom shouted,“Hey b—. Are you that f— from the news?”

The victim told Sheriff’s officials she’d been on TV talking about how she had recently married her partner in Washtenaw County.

The woman said one of the men punched her in the face, knocking her unconscious. She woke up on the ground, she said, to a second man kicking her in her stomach.

The attack happened in the parking lot of an apartment complex and three suspects are wanted:

One of the suspects is described as a white male in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and heavy-set, with a low or husky voice. The victim could not provide a description of the other two suspects.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office confidential tip line at 734-973-7711 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP. Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Gay Man Beaten, Set on Fire In Horrific Hate Crime

A 28-year-old man has been arrested for the brutal torture and killing of a gay man in South Africa. Even more disturbing, several teenagers, aged 14-18, stood by and watched the the unspeakable hate crime - even as the victim (21-year-old David Olyn) was set on fire by the suspect.

Mamba Online reports:

DavidOn Saturday evening, the youths from the Belle Vista neighbourhood were drinking near a local dam when they were invited by a man to watch how he was “going to kill a moffie [fag].”

They arrived on the scene where they found the victim already covered in blood and tied up with wire. The teens were urged to watch as the alleged attacker bashed Olyn on the head with a brick and jumped on his face while shouting in Afrikaans, “voetsek” ["fuck off"].

Throughout the ordeal, Olyn only made groaning noises, said the teenagers. The alleged killer then placed branches around the victim and set him on fire.

According to the Independent Online, local activists have denounced the heinous murder.

Funeka Soldaat, founder of Free Gender, a human rights and black lesbian organisation, said the killing of Olyn marked a sad time for gays and lesbians.

“South Africa is a scary place for gays and lesbians to be,” she said. “It is disturbing to hear the way in which people are killed because of their sexual orientation. Sadly, homophobia will never go away.” Soldaat has appealed to political parties to invest more money in raising awareness of homophobia. “I am concerned about the future of our communities if we continue to harbour so much hate.

The Justice Department is investigating the crime and have stated that "the department strongly condemns all acts of violence against gays and lesbians." 

The suspect will go before a judge on April 3.


Oregon Mom on Trial for Murder of 4-Year-Old Son She Thought Was Gay: VIDEO

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Jessica Dutro is on trial in Oregon for the murder of her 4-year-old son Zachary in August 2012 and subjected him to beatings every day, The Oregonian reports.

One of the reasons Dutro beat her son is because she thought he was gay, prosecutors say:

After jurors were released for the day Wednesday, Judge Don Letourneau ruled that a Facebook message from Dutro to her boyfriend was admissible evidence.

Prosecutor Megan Johnson argued the message established Dutro’s motive for inflicting on Zachary a pattern of torture and abuse. Authorities say Dutro assaulted three of her children, but Zachary received the brunt of the violence.

In the message, Dutro told her boyfriend, Brian Canady, that Zachary was “facing the wall” because he had made her mad.

Her son was going to be gay, she wrote, using a slur. “He walks and talks like it. Ugh.”

Canady would have to “work on” Zachary, she wrote.

Canady has already pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault in the child's death.

Watch a KOIN report about the boy's murder from August 2012, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Transgender Serial Killer Suspect Blames Murders on Person She Was Before Gender Surgery: VIDEO

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A transgender woman accused of killing three prostitutes in 1990 has allegedly blamed the murders on the person she was before undergoing gender reassignment, The Huffington Post reports:

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 5.27.00 AMCourt documents revealed this week in Washington state show that Donna Perry, 62, said she underwent a gender confirmation operation in Thailand partly as "a permanent way to control violence," KXLY-TV reports.

Officials believe that Perry shot Yolanda Sapp, Kathleen Brisbois and Nickie Lowe, and left their naked remains along the Spokane River in 1990. At that time, Perry identified as Doug Perry, according to ABC News.

After being arrested in 2012 on federal weapons charges, investigators linked Perry’s fingerprints to the women’s deaths.

When asked by detectives why the killings stopped, Perry responded, “Douglas didn’t stop, Donna stopped it.” She went on to say “I’m not going to admit I killed anybody. I didn’t. Donna has killed nobody.”

Watch a news report of the story, AFTER THE JUMP

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Father Held in Slaying of Texas Lesbian Couple 'Didn't Like the Idea of Her Being Gay': VIDEO

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James Larry Cosby, the father of one of the victims in the murder of a lesbian couple in Texas "didn't like the idea of her being gay," according to the victim's mother:

L_cosbyDetectives believe the young women, who were involved in a relationship, were killed somewhere else and dumped at the store. Deputies said Britney Cosby died from blunt force trauma and Jackson was shot to death. They were both only 24 years old.

Investigators initially went to question the 46-year-old father after a candlelight vigil held in the victims’ honor. Their suspicions grew after that.

“Anytime you have a crime like this you want to talk to the family, co-workers, friends to gain any information you can and, during that interview, pretty much it became an investigation,” Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said. “When we went to the residence to talk to him, some of the things we saw there, it increased and went further. We got a search warrant for the residence and our crime scene investigators were there last night, and after the event at the park, we drove him down to talk to us at the Sheriff’s Office.”

Watch KHOU's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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