ABC- A bisexual man charged with shooting a gay man he taunted on a street was found guilty Wednesday of murder as a hate crime despite his assertions that he couldn't be a bigot because of his own sexual orientation.
A Manhattan jury deliberated over two days before finding Elliot Morales guilty in the May 2013 shooting of Mark Carson in the Greenwich Village neighborhood, a center of American gay life for decades.
"Motivated by irrational rage, the defendant targeted and executed a defenseless young man based on his sexual orientation after taunting and insulting the victim and his companion," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement.
Morales admitted shooting Carson but said he acted in self-defense and couldn't be guilty of a hate crime because he is bisexual. His star witness was a transgender woman who testified that she was his ex-lover.
In Morales' closing argument last week, he wept and told jurors that he was "not a bigot of any type" and that charging him with a hate crime was "ridiculous."
Police said Carson and his roommate were passing in front of a pizza parlor shortly after midnight on May 18, 2013, when Morales called out to them, using slurs and saying the men looked like "gay wrestlers." The two confronted Morales, following him around a corner, before he pulled a revolver and shot Carson in the face at close range, authorities said.
Justice is served. I swear to God if this guy got off I would have taken the LGBT community to the fucking cleaners. In fact, I'm pretty sure the 'B' in 'LGBT' stands for BULLSHIT because those indecisive bastards don't even deserve their own designation. Elliot Morales takes one dick from a dude dressed as a chick and all the sudden he thinks he gets to drop 'F' bombs? Horse shit. Prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. One experimental experience and he's comfortable bringing his homophobia and heterophobia to the flamboyant streets of Greenwich Village. Can't have it. Unacceptable. That's the problem with the bisexuals and their non-gender specific sexual partners. They think just because they get to fuck everybody, they get to make fun of everybody too. They think they get to shoot everyone in the face without getting indicted for a crime against their sexuality just because their own sexuality is still up for debate. Wrong! They can't say a single negative thing about the heteros or the homos, and they certainly can't shoot them in the middle of the street and plead to a lesser charge.
Elliot Morales is the asshole that shows up to the bar to watch the game with no rooting interest. He's the guy that sits between the Rangers fan and the Devils fan and cheers only for their misery. He's the douche that incessantly needles everyone else because he knows he's bullet proof. Nothing worse than having your fate put in the hands of someone that thinks they have nothing to lose. Fuck Elliot Morales and fuck his overwhelming sense of invincibility. Just because he had a gay moment or seven doesn't mean he's immune to the laws that govern the straight from shooting those that harbor a strong disdain for vaginal penetration. I hope this self loathing prick rots in a prison cell as he spends the rest of his life playing 'He loves me...She loves me not'. That's what he deserves for sitting on the fence and taking aim at both sides of it.