Bisexual man convicted of hate crime for 2013 West Village murder of gay man

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Residents furious after gay man murdered on Greenwich Village street

Memorial set up for Mark Carson gunned down on a West Village Street in 2013.

WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan — A man who identifies as bisexual has been found guilty of murder as a hate crime for shooting a gay man he taunted on a New York City street.

A Manhattan jury convicted Elliot Morales on Wednesday in the 2013 death of Mark Carson. Morales admitted pulling the trigger but said he acted in self-defense and argued that he couldn’t be found guilty of 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.

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