Bisexual man is convicted of hate crime for killing gay man

Elliot Morales, on trial for for shooting a gay man in the head after taunting him on a street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, returns to Supreme court, in New York, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Jurors began deliberations Tuesday in the case against Morales, 36, who is charged with murder as a hate crime and weapons possession in the shooting death of Mark Carson on May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who identifies as bisexual has been found guilty of murder as a hate crime for shooting a gay man in New York City after taunting him on the street.

A Manhattan jury convicted Elliot Morales on Wednesday in the 2013 death of Mark Carson. Morales had argued that the shooting couldn’t have been a hate crime because he is bi.

He faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced.

Witnesses testified at Morales’ trial that he shouted anti-gay slurs at Carson and his roommate before firing a fatal shot when the men confronted him.

New York’s hate crime law doesn’t say attackers need to be of a different ethnicity or sexuality than their victim. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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