NYC jury to weigh whether shooting of gay man was hate crime

Posted at 9:48 AM, Mar 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-05 10:48:31-05

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.