Crime & Courts

The deadly targeting of black transgender women across the United States continued on July 20 in North Charleston, South Carolina, where Denali Berries Stuckey was found dead with gunshot wounds. Comment
A New Jersey man found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the 2009 strangulation death of a 39-year-old gay man in the East Village was released from prison after a state appeals court found he judge in the case violated the defendant’s constitutional rights during jury selection. Comment
Abel Cedeno, the gay teen who used a knife to defend himself from a Bronx classroom attack in September 2017— killing one classmate and slashing another — was pronounced guilty of manslaughter, assault, and weapons possession Monday by Judge Michael A. Gross in a bench trial, which the defendant chose over a jury trial. The case attracted a lot of press attention because it was the first killing in a New York City school in 40 years — and it involved a bullied gay student fighting back. Comments (7)

Abel Cedeno Convicted of Manslaughter


Abel Cedeno Convicted of Manslaughter

Abel Cedeno, a 19-year-old gay man charged in the 2017 fatal stabbing of classmate Matthew McCree and wounding of McCree’s friend, Ariane LaBoy, was convicted on July 15 of manslaughter in the first degree in McCree’s death, as well as first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Comments (1)
Closing statements from defense attorney Christopher R. Lynn and prosecutor Nancy Borko, a Bronx assistant district attorney, brought the manslaughter trial of Abel Cedeno, a bullied gay youth charged in the 2017 death of classmate Matthew McCree as well as an assault on McCree’s friend, Ariane LaBoy, to a close on Friday. Comments (3)
Two out gay staff members who work for Public Advocate Jumaane Williams were traveling to a rally at Alibi Lounge — where Rainbow Flags were burned twice in just over a month — when they were hit with homophobic slurs. Comments (1)
The defense called one witness in the trial of Abel Cedeno, charged with manslaughter in the death of one fellow student and the assault of another in a fight with them on September 27, 2017, in their classroom at a now-defunct Bronx high school: Cedeno himself. Comments (1)


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