The New York Daily News is reporting that Elliot Morales has been found GUILTY of the hate crime murder of of 32-year-old Mark Carson last year in front of Ray’s Pizza on West 8th Street.
A crazed killer was convicted Wednesday of gunning down an unarmed gay man in the West Village nearly three years ago — and the murder was deemed a hate crime. Elliot Morales, 36, now faces up to life in prison for the murder of 32-year-old Mark Carson around midnight on May 18, 2013, on W. Eighth St.
A jury decided in about a day of deliberations in Manhattan Supreme Court that the crime was motivated by a hateful bias against a gay person. Morales argued at trial that he did not mean to hit Mark Carson when he fired the gun and that he felt threatened by Carson and his pal Danny Robinson. He also claimed he was bombed after a day of drinking Four Lokos, rum and vodka.
“Gun violence and the hate that fuels it have no place in New York City,” said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. “Motivated by irrational rage, the defendant targeted and executed a defenseless young man based on his sexual orientation after taunting and insulting the victim and his companion. Elliot Morales’s hateful and destructive rampage may not have stopped there, if not for the intervention of an NYPD officer. When those intent on doing harm have access to guns, any situation can escalate to deadly levels in a matter of seconds, and I thank the jury for their service and recognition of this heinous crime.”
Finally, some sane news.