Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, 19, stabbed, dismembered, decapitated, burned Nov 13 2009 in Puerto Rico; killer gets 99 years

May 13, 2010

Guilty plea in gay teen's decapitation

May 12 2010

The Associated Press has reported that the man accused of stabbing, dismembering, decapitating and burning a gay teenager pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Wednesday in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Video tribute to Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado

The case gained national attention because activists demanded that U.S. authorities prosecute it as a hate crime, with supporters holding vigils in a dozen cities including New York and Los Angeles.

Police said Juan Martinez Matos, 26, told them he hated homosexuals but that he had offered the victim cocaine in exchange for sex.

The body of 19-year-old college student Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was found November 13, 2009 along a rural road in the southeastern mountain town of Cayey. Lopez was well known as a volunteer for organizations advocating HIV prevention and gay rights.

“Nothing is going to bring Jorge Steven back, but today, a bit of justice was done,” said Pedro Julio Serrano, a spokesman for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Martinez’s attorney, Celimar Gracia, told Primera Hora newspaper that prosecutors dropped several weapon-violation charges in exchange for the plea.

“He felt this was the best way to end this case,” Gracia was quoted as saying.


Paul Michalik, 36, Kicked To Death In Huntertown, Indiana, 'Gay Panicked' Claims 'Unwanted Advances'

May 11, 2010

Paul Michalik, 36, was kicked to death at an Indiana party, supposedly for “making unwanted advances.” Brian Paul Brothers, 34, has been charged with aggravated battery.

According to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, around 4:00 a.m. Sunday, deputies were called to the 1300-block of Monte Carlo Drive in Huntertown for a disturbance. When police arrived they found Michalik dead.

The Allen County Coroner determined Monday the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.


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Jose Sucuzhanay, 31, Beaten To Death With Bat, NYC Dec 08 2009

April 24, 2010
NY Daily News Defendant Phoenix: “So I killed someone -- that makes me a bad guy?”

“I feel like they’re closing the casket on me....”

Bat-slay suspect: I’m not anti-gay

By Erin Durkin, Daily News Writer
Original article
(Edited, emphasis added)

March 02 2009

He has been called a monstrous murderer, filled with bias and hate, but in a jailhouse interview on Sunday, Keith Phoenix blamed his Latino victim -- and insisted he has nothing against gays.

“I’m not a killer. I never expe...
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Harold Scull, 88, Dies While Sonoma County CA Senior Gay Couple Kidnapped, Robbed, Abused Under Color Of Authority Aug 13 2008

April 22, 2010

Harold Scull (L) and Clay Greene, long ago.
Press Democrat

Harold Scull, 88, of Sonoma County, California, was murdered Aug 13 2008 when he died from the accumulated actions of the criminals who kidnapped him and his 25-year spouse Clay Greene, 78.

The Press Democrat in Sonoma finally mentioned the senior gay couple when the lawsuit hit the fan this week.

For the full story of those charged and the charges, you can download a .pdf file of Greene v. Sonoma County from this Tue Apr 20 2010 Joe.By.G...

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