A man on trial for a gay hate murder in New York has claimed he is ‘trisexual’ and was acting in self-defense.
Elliot Morales, 36, is charged with the second-degree murder of Mark Carson, 32, who he shot in the head in the West Village in May 2013.
‘I consider myself trisexual, bisexual – multiple,’ he told New York Supreme Court on Wednesday (2 February), adding that he has a preference for transgender women.
‘It doesn’t matter. Male, female.’
Morales, who is representing himself, admitted to shooting Carson after a day of heavy drinking. But said it was Carson and his friend, Danny Robinson, 34, who had followed him and challenged him to fight.
‘They were going to jump me,’ he testified.
‘I thought he was going to take something out and shoot me with it,’ he continued.
‘I thought one or maybe both of them had a firearm. So I kind of raised the firearm and turned away and shot it at the same time.
‘It was kind of like a reaction thing, and I just ran.’
Asked if he harbored animosity toward gay people, Morales said, ‘Absolutely not.’
He also said he could not remember calling the men ‘gay wrestlers’ and ‘faggots.’
Last week, Robinson recounted how he begged Morales to ‘put the gun down,’ but he shot Carson in the head anyway.
If convicted, Morales faces at least 20 years to life in prison.