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New York court hears how man pleaded with killer to spare gay friend

New York court hears how man pleaded with killer to spare gay friend

Mark Carson was shot in the head at point blank range.

New York State Supreme Court has heard how a gay man was called ‘angry slurs’ and shot dead in an act of hate in May 2013.

Danny Robinson, 34, testified against Elliot Morales, 36, who killed his best friend Mark Carson, 32, while they were on a night out in the West Village.

‘He walked between us and said, “You all look like gay wrestlers,”‘ Robinson, who is also gay, said Monday (22 February).

‘He was saying things like “faggot” and slurs, like angry slurs.’

Fighting back tears, Robinson recounted how he begged Morales to ‘put the gun down,’ but he shot Carson in the head anyway.

Carson’s death was the fourth attack in a spate of anti-gay hate crimes in New York that month and outraged the city’s LGBTI community.

Morales, who is representing himself, is charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime, but told jurors he was ‘not a bigot of any type.’

Assistant District Attorney Shannon Lucey disagreed.

‘Mark Carson was a total stranger to Elliot Morales and he was killed for no other reason other than because he was gay – no other reason,’ she said.

‘He aimed and he deliberately shot into the head of a gay man instantly ending his short, unfinished life.’