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Gordon Francis Gets 25-to-Life for Gay Man’s Murder

Gordon Francis Gets 25-to-Life for Gay Man’s Murder

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE |  The convicted killer of James Hawkins was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in the 1993 murder, with the judge in the case telling him that the extreme violence used in the killing warranted a maximum sentence. “I find that the extensive brutality… leaves me no other option than to sentence you to the maximum, […]

Quarter Century Later, Conviction in James Hawkins’ Murder

Quarter Century Later, Conviction in James Hawkins’ Murder

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Nearly six years after he was arrested in the case, a Manhattan jury convicted Gordon Francis on a single count of second-degree murder in the 1993 killing of James Hawkins. “Cold cases should never become forgotten cases,” Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, said in a June 28 statement. “As forensic […]

Defendant Points to Third Man in 1993 Gay Murder

Defendant Points to Third Man in 1993 Gay Murder

BY DUNCAN OSORNE | Taking the stand in his own defense, the man who is accused of the brutal 1993 murder of James Hawkins testified that a third man armed with a knife entered Hawkins’ Chelsea home while he and Hawkins were partying there and that Hawkins was alive and uninjured when he fled the […]

Guilty Plea in 2012 Elderly Manhattan Man’s Murder

Guilty Plea in 2012 Elderly Manhattan Man’s Murder

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Before pleading guilty to the murder of an 87-year-old man in the man’s Murray Hill apartment, Miguel Abarentos was preparing to offer an extreme emotional disturbance defense in the 2012 homicide. “He was hyper-sensitive to certain slights,” Toni Messina, Abarentos’ attorney, said following the 30-year-old’s plea in Manhattan Supreme Court on […]

With Anger and Determination, Chelsea Vigil Remembers Mx Bostick

With Anger and Determination, Chelsea Vigil Remembers Mx Bostick

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Eight days after the May 4 death of Mx Bostick, a transgender Chelsea resident who suffered a blow to the head on April 25, more than 100 transgender New Yorkers and their allies gathered at the site of the crime to honor Bostick’s memory and demand action on issues from police responsiveness […]

Trans Victim Killed in Chelsea Misgendered

Trans Victim Killed in Chelsea Misgendered

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When a transgender victim of a head blow succumbed to their injuries on May 4, the NYPD identified them as a “female” and later gave their name as “Brenda Bostick.” Written statements from elected officials and victims’ advocacy groups – as well as media reports, including several in Gay City News […]

Suspect in Trans Woman’s Killing in Custody

Suspect in Trans Woman’s Killing in Custody

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office expect to charge a 26-year-old man, Joseph Griffin, in the April 25 killing of Brenda Bostick, a 59-year-old transgender woman who succumbed to injuries from a “blunt impact” blow to her head on May 4, Gay City News has learned. Bostick, a resident of the […]