NY Hate crime attacker thought victim was gay


A New York City man accused of committing murder as a hate crime when he mistook two brothers for a homosexual couple has been found guilty after seven hours of jury deliberations.

Keith Phoenix, 30, was convicted in a retrial Monday in the Dec. 7, 2008 baseball bat beating death of Ecuadoran immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay, and convicted of attempted assault as a hate crime, for also attacking the murder victim’s brother, Romel Sucuzhanay.

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