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04/19/2007


Satanic Hustler John Katehis Convicted in Murder of Gay NYC Journalist George Weber

A Brooklyn jury has convicted 19-year-old John Katehis of second degree murder in a retrial of the 2009 killing of gay newsman George Weber, whom Katehis, a satanist, stabbed more than 50 times after arranging a meeting on Craigslist.

KatehisGay City News reports:

Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case, delivered an effective closing argument on November 14, telling jurors that Katehis, now 19, may have planned Weber’s murder and perhaps even tortured the 47-year-old victim before killing him.

Nicolazzi declined to comment in the wake of the verdict’s announcement.

Jurors began deliberating around noon on the 14th and announced they had a verdict by 3 p.m. on November 15. During their deliberations, they reviewed parts of the judge’s instructions to them and a few pieces of evidence. The speed of their verdict suggests they easily adopted the prosecution’s theory.

A previous trial resulted in a hung jury in October 2010.


Hung Jury in Murder Trial of Satanist Killer of Gay NYC Newsman

The murder trial of a satanist hustler who murdered New York newsman George Weber after they met on Craigslist has ended in a hung jury, the NY Daily News reports:

Katehis "One lone juror was the holdout, refusing to vote with the 11 others who stood ready to convict 18-year-old John Katehis of murder. The broadcast journalist, 47, went online to hire Katehis, then 16, from craigslist to act out a smothering scene at his Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, home. Despite the 50 stab wounds Weber suffered, the unidentified female juror holdout 'didn't believe they proved intent,' said fellow juror Darryl Turner, 52, of Cypress Gardens, Brooklyn. 'There was a lot of fighting this morning, but she wouldn't budge,' he said. 'It is what it is.'"

Prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi says she'll pursue a new trial.


Killer of NY Radio Host George Weber Claims Murder was 'Accidental'

Kathis John Katehis, the alleged killer of New York radio news man George Weber answered a Craigslist ad "seeking a sadomasochistic partner to smother him" according to documents viewed by the New York Daily News:

"Katehis, 16, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday on murder charges, where his lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz argued the teen was defending himself from a sexual attack by Weber who called himself 'smotherboy' and was wielding a knife. But Katehis' signed confession tells a different story. The teen claims the stabbing occurred after binding Weber's legs with duct tape in his Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, flat and was 'accidental.' ... 'He took [a small knife out of his pocket] to show it to me but I got nervous and grabbed for the knife,' Katehis wrote."

And then he stabbed Weber 50 times...by accident.

Katehis' lawyer described the MySpace webpage on which Katehis professed his love for satan and knife-collecting as a "goofy, impressionable teenager trying to be macho."


Killer of WABC Newman George Weber Demands Cash, Shuns Friends

John Katehis, the 16-year-old knife-collecting satanist who stabbed WABC newsman George Weber to death last week after they met on Craigslist, angrily demanded cash for his story when visited by the New York Post over the weekend:

Katehis "Wearing a light green jumpsuit and a menacing scowl on his face, Katehis again made clear there was only one way he'd spill the beans. 'Is this a cash offer?' snarled Katehis. 'Cash offers only!' Once it became clear no money would be exchanged, Katehis shot up and yelled again, 'cash offers only!, and stormed out...Katehis's classmate, Daniel Rongo, was also at Bellevue yesterday to visit the jailed killer. 'He was always quiet,' said Rongo, 19. 'John was never the fighting type. Nobody was afraid of him.' But Katehis wasn't happy to see his friend, telling him, 'I always hated you at school. Stop wasting my visits.'"

Katehis pleaded not guilty to Weber's murder last week, despite making an incriminating confession to police.


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