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Judge May Limit Dallas BBQ Defendant’s Ability to Argue Self-Defense

Judge May Limit Dallas BBQ Defendant’s Ability to Argue Self-Defense

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin may be allowed to claim self-defense for only a portion of his actions during a 2015 fight with two gay men for which he is on trial on felony assault charges. “Her position is there could be no defense to being hit over the head with a chair from behind,” […]

Dallas BBQ Accuser Says He Didn’t Know Who Called Him “Faggot”

Dallas BBQ Accuser Says He Didn’t Know Who Called Him “Faggot”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Jonathan Snipes believed that he and his boyfriend had been the victims of an anti-gay hate crime in a Chelsea restaurant last year. He told dnainfo.com that he was attacked after confronting two men who called him a “faggot.” But when Snipes testified in the trial of Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin, his sole accused […]

Defendant in 2015 Dallas BBQ Assault Case Claims Self-Defense

Defendant in 2015 Dallas BBQ Assault Case Claims Self-Defense

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The trial of a man accused of assault on two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant last year opened with the defense arguing that the man acted in self-defense after he was set upon by one of the two, who had been drinking excessively. “We all agree here that everyone has a […]

Fifteen Years for “Crime” That Didn’t Happen

Fifteen Years for “Crime” That Didn’t Happen

BY ANDY HUMM | It is one thing to be falsely accused of a crime that you did not commit. But in 1998, four young lesbian Latinas in San Antonio, Texas, were convicted and imprisoned for a crime that never occurred — the ritual sex abuse of two young girls. The prosecution and accuser (a […]

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In an emotional statement in Manhattan Supreme Court, a sister of Islan Nettles said the 12 years that James Dixon will spend in prison for the 2013 assault that led to Nettles’ death was too short a sentence. “Twelve years is not enough because he can go home,” said Skye Nettles through […]

James Dixon Pleads Guilty on Top Count in Islan Nettles Slaying

James Dixon Pleads Guilty on Top Count in Islan Nettles Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a surprise move, James Dixon pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree in the 2013 killing of Islan Nettles, a homicide that prompted protests over the police and district attorney’s handling of the investigation. “With this conviction, James Dixon has finally been brought to justice for this brutal and lethal […]

Police Display Skepticism in Videotaped Confession by Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer

Police Display Skepticism in Videotaped Confession by Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In what may be a further complication in the effort to prosecute James Dixon for striking the blows that led to Islan Nettles’ death, Dixon’s videotaped statement shows that police and prosecutors doubted that he was the man who struck the 21-year-old transgender woman on a Harlem street in 2013. “What you’re […]

Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer Faces Burdens of Admitting He Attacked Her

Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer Faces Burdens of Admitting He Attacked Her

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The accused killer of Islan Nettles may have to contend with as many as a half-dozen statements in which he admitted to striking the blows that led to the death of the 21-year-old transgender woman on a Harlem street in 2013. “James introduced himself to me and told me that he was […]

NYPD Releases Suspect Photos, Video in Stonewall Rape

NYPD Releases Suspect Photos, Video in Stonewall Rape

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Police have released photos and surveillance video of the suspect wanted in the March 26 rape of a 25-year-old transgender woman at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. The NYPD described the suspect as an Hispanic man 35 to 45 years old, standing 5’9’’ to 5’11” and weighing about 250 pounds, […]

Second-Degree Murder Verdict for Elliot Morales in Mark Carson Slaying

Second-Degree Murder Verdict for Elliot Morales in Mark Carson Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following just a day of deliberation, a Manhattan jury found Elliot Morales guilty of second-degree murder as a hate crime, weapons possession, and menacing in the 2013 shooting of Mark Carson, a 32-year-old gay man. “Motivated by irrational rage, the defendant targeted and executed a defenseless young man based on his sexual […]

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