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Accused NYC Gay Killer Indicted, Attorney Says "He Didn’t Murder Anybody"

Thursday May 23, 2013

A Manhattan Criminal Court Grand Jury indicted Elliot Morales, accused of shooting and killing a gay man in the West Village last weekend for a hate crime murder.

The New York Daily News reports that although Morales, who is being held without bail in Riker's Island, did not appear in court today, his defense attorney, Kevin Michael Canfield says that his client is not guilty and is "devastated by the charges."

Morales was arrested shortly after the incident that left 32 year old Mark Carson fatally wounded and charged with second degree murder as a hate crime.

"He didn't murder anybody," attorney Canfield said to the Daily News adding ""He was sexually abused as a child by a male authority figure which led to a lifetime of alcoholism and drug abuse,"

Family members of the victim were present in court today but did not speak with the press.


  • , 2013-05-23 18:07:46

    This is ridiculous! They’re trying to throw a pity party for the murdered?

  • , 2013-05-23 22:54:24

    Boo hop, I’m a grown man who was abused as a child so I think I’ll go out and kill a stranger.

  • , 2013-05-23 23:18:21

    His lawyer contradicts himself. If he didn’t murder anyone then why lay out a potential defense?

  • gdhamf, 2013-05-24 00:11:02

    If he did not murderer anybody, then someone explain the dead guy with the bullet in his head. And while we are at it explaine second degree murder.

  • cc, 2013-05-24 01:00:08

    Well, Oprah was abused and raped when she was a child too. You better come up with some better BS than that story.

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