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Man pleads not guilty in New York City hate crime shooting

Prosecutors: Morales said he opened fire because victim 'thought he was tough in front of his bitch'
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NEW YORK — A man accused of fatally shooting a gay man walking with a companion in New York City’s Greenwich Village afterward claimed that he opened fire because the victim “thought he was tough in front of his bitch,” prosecutors said in court papers Tuesday.

Elliot Morales also allegedly boasted to police “It’s the last thing he’ll remember,” shortly after his arrest in the hate crime case. In later statements, Morales insisted he couldn’t remember what happened and doesn’t carry a bias against gays.

Elliot Morales, during his arrest by New York police.

“I am not gay,” he said, according to court papers. “I don’t have a problem with gay people. I have lots of gays in my life.”

He added: “This is gonna kill my mom. … I always hurt her and make bad decisions in life and make her cry.”

The purported statements were filed with the court after the 33-year-old Morales pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder as a hate crime in the shooting of Mark Carson. He also is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

Prosecutors allege Morales began making a scene in Greenwich Village shortly before midnight on May 17 after a worker chastised him for urinating outside a restaurant. They say he responded by going inside, making anti-gay remarks and threatening to shoot diners.

Once outside, Morales encountered Carson, 32, and another man walking down the street and directed anti-gay slurs at them, authorities say. He followed the men around a corner and, after more insults, shot Carson in the head, prosecutors allege.

The slaying occurred a few blocks from the Stonewall Inn, the site of 1969 riots that helped give rise to the gay rights movement when patrons stood up to police harassment.

“This defendant is charged with targeting and gunning down Mark Carson on the streets of Greenwich Village because of his sexual orientation,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in announcing the charges.

“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,” said Vance.

Vance added: “Bias-related crimes have no place in New York City.”

Kevin Michael Canfield, the attorney for Elliot Morales, said last month that Morales is “devastated by the charges.”

“He was sexually abused as a child by a male authority figure which led to a lifetime of alcoholism and drug abuse,” Canfield told The New York Daily News.

Morales is being held without bail.

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  1. what a shithead

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:03pm
  2. Agreed.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:04pm
  3. “Not guilty” sadly more of a lie than the truth , reason why innocent people get put in prison… stupid fools like this -_-

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:05pm
  4. “He was sexually abused as a child by a male authority figure which led to a lifetime of alcoholism and drug abuse” still doesnt give him the right to kill an innocent gay man! :p

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:05pm
  5. This douche needs to pay for his crime. The lawyer representing him is just as despicable.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:06pm
  6. That plea is DOA.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:06pm
  7. back up your mouth and bullet closet case !!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:08pm
  8. Hateful coward

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:09pm
  9. Cage or fry this animal already. RIP Marc Carson.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:10pm
  10. I know people who were sexually molested and did not turn out gay or became killers.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:10pm
  11. i know..its not an exuse

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:11pm
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    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:15pm
  13. that’s fucked up

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:19pm
  14. Wait a minute. That guy is STRAIGHT? Ummm… I smell yet another over-compensating closet case. Throw the book at this coward!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:22pm
  15. Well, he’ll be someone’s bitch in jail.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:24pm
  16. Fry Him

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:24pm
  17. Please child he should be taken out by the FBI or Cher I mean seriously fuck him the ghetto trash ass piece a shit damn!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:25pm
  18. Manslaughter and murder aren’t the same thing by law.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:27pm
  19. … Looks-A-tad in-bred.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:27pm
  20. Being raped is not and excuse to kill and innocent man

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:29pm
  21. His life experiences do not give him the right to kill someone.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:43pm
  22. I do have a lot of sympathy and compassion for his struggles in life, but that still does not excuse the choice he made to murder another human being.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 2:12pm
  23. yea i just go around shooting ppl because i hate them…g.u.i.l.t.y.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 2:15pm
  24. how can you plead not guilty for shooting someone.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 2:19pm
  25. i’ve been violently raped, abused, had people literally try to kill me. you don’t see me ruuning around blowing things up or trying to kill anyone. there’s sucha thing as PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. get some fucking therapy and grow up, BOY.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 2:21pm
  26. First let have the trial then do what ever if proven guilty. I don’t know the whole story, but if people saw what happened he will be found guilty.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 2:38pm
  27. I’ve had a lot of trauma, too, but haven’t hurt or killed anyone.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 2:39pm
  28. Shoot him in the frigging head

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 3:25pm
  29. I hope someone breaks your jaw in jail.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:12pm
  30. its still murder and the idiot should get jail for ever

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:12pm
  31. I’m gonna kick his ass

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:14pm
  32. I’ll do the sentencing myself. Just let me grab some matches, rope and fireworks 1st so I can “celebrate” after.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:16pm
  33. Really? You’re going to perpetuate more stigma against those who have mental illness?

    I’m not defending him, but don’t lump every other person with Bipolar Disorder in there with him.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:16pm
  34. Im hoping he gets gang raped.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:16pm
  35. MURDERER!! HE DESERVES THE DEATH SENTENCE!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:16pm
  36. Piss off bitch

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:17pm
  37. His attorney says he was sexually assaulted by a male when he was younger making it sound like that was cause for killing an innocent man, well I was sexually abused when I was 10 yrs old by my male babysitter but I don’t go out killing people.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:18pm
  38. Oh please.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:18pm
  39. Bipolar my ass. Stupid and ignorant with a gun is what he is!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:19pm
  40. This is so scary!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:20pm
  41. Kill both this bastard and his lawyer.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:23pm
  42. Looks like his girl isn’t the only bitch

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:29pm
  43. Now he can be someones bitch.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:30pm
  44. What a punk ass bitch. And I knew he abuse-excuse was coming too.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:33pm
  45. Fucking waste of oxygen

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:34pm
  46. Oh, the homophobic cunt “didn’t murder anybody”? “He was sexually abused as a child by a male authority figure which led to a lifetime of alcoholism and drug abuse”? What did Mark Carson die of then, did his head “accidentally” run into a point blank bullet?! Fucking attorney trying to pull the “childhood tragedy” card. Give me a fucking break! Several people have commented on this article about how they were sexually abused as children, but they’re not out murdering people! There’s no excuse for murder. I hope this attorney loses his job and Morales rots in prison like they both fucking deserve!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:35pm
  47. Throw the book at this animal!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:35pm
  48. Omg seriously!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:35pm
  49. The ass hole will never take responsibility for his disgusting temper and now an innocent man has been murdered, excuses are like ass holes and this guy is a total ass hole – there’s no excuse for his actions!! I hope he suffers

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:38pm
  50. Another uneducated moron taking up valuable space!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:40pm
  51. What kind of excuse is that, anyway? He would’ve probably been better off saying “What I did was wrong, I’ll face the consequences for my action, and learn to treat those different than myself with respect they deserve as a human.”

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:49pm
  52. Hate filled coward

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:54pm
  53. Guys, lets not become lynchers ourselves…but anyone can be hit by a van…even a rainbow van

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:59pm
  54. Who’s the bitch now?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:02pm
  55. ‘Sexually abused as a child by a male figure which has led him down a path of addiction and violence’? So you snuff out an innocent life? Because that person disrespected your intoxicated manhood? Let him rot.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:09pm
  56. He just convicted himself. Clown.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:12pm
  57. Crazy btard.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:40pm
  58. It’s America and its a murder of a homosexual… He will get 10 years and be out in 5. Well time to set NYC on fire y’all to bad gas is so expensive!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:40pm
  59. the only thing worse than a wiseass is a hateful wiseass

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:50pm
  60. Too many guns are in the hands of the wrong people.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:17pm
  61. may he rot in hell forever the scum

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:13am
  62. Who’s gonna be somebody’s bitch now.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:20am