News (USA)

N.J. man convicted of killing, dismembering live-in boyfriend

N.J. man convicted of killing, dismembering live-in boyfriend

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A New Jersey man faces up to life in prison after being convicted of killing and dismembering another man whom authorities say was his live-in boyfriend.

Pedro Garcia
Pedro Garcia

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours in Hackensack Tuesday before pronouncing Pedro Garcia guilty of murder and disturbing the remains of a victim.

Prosecutors alleged the 36-year-old Garcia was in a relationship with Francisco Gonzalez Fuentes but became enraged when Fuentes “outed” him by telling others that the two were romantically linked.

Authorities said Fuentes was stabbed to death in January 2011 and his body was cut up by Garcia and another man and put in five garbage bags that were dumped in different locations.

The Record reports Garcia denied during the trial that he was gay and implied the killing was fueled by passion.

The defense implied that the killing was manslaughter — which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years — rather than murder, which carries a life sentence.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
Don't forget to share:

Support vital LGBTQ+ journalism

Reader contributions help keep LGBTQ Nation free, so that queer people get the news they need, with stories that mainstream media often leaves out. Can you contribute today?

Cancel anytime · Proudly LGBTQ+ owned and operated

Doctors have convincing evidence baby born with HIV may be cured

Previous article

Second ex-gay group challenges Va. colleges over lack of ex-gay resources

Next article