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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 […]

Seabra Defense Experts Spun Variation on ‘Gay Panic’ Argument

Seabra Defense Experts Spun Variation on ‘Gay Panic’ Argument

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In his closing statement in the murder trial of Renato Seabra, David Touger told a Manhattan jury that “Renato got caught in a situation he couldn’t handle and it drove him crazy.” Seabra, now 23, was convicted on November 30 on one count of second-degree murder in the 2011 killing of Carlos […]

Second-Degree Murder Conviction for Renato Seabra in Grisly Carlos Castro Slay

Second-Degree Murder Conviction for Renato Seabra in Grisly Carlos Castro Slay

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After deliberating for roughly a day, a Manhattan jury convicted Renato Seabra of second-degree murder in the 2011 killing of Carlos Castro, a 65-year-old Portuguese TV personality. “This was a brutal and sadistic crime, where Renato Seabra bludgeoned, choked, and mutilated his victim before murdering him,” District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., […]