NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors will begin deliberating Tuesday in the murder trial of a man who argued that he shot an unarmed gay man in self-defense.
Elliot Morales has been charged with murder as a hate crime in the 2013 shooting death of 32-year-old Mark Carson.
The shooting happened in New York’s Greenwich Village.
Witnesses testified that Morales yelled anti-gay slurs at Carson and his roommate, Danny Robinson, then fired the fatal shot when the two men confronted him.
Morales says the shooting couldn’t have been a hate crime because he is bisexual.
He could get 30 years to life in prison if convicted.
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