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Lawyer: Slain Radio Newsman ‘Lured’ Teen To Home

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John Katehis seen here on his MySpace page at age 16. (credit: CBS 2)

John Katehis seen here on his MySpace page at age 16. (credit: CBS 2)

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 NEW YORK (AP/CBS 2) — The lawyer for a New York City teenager accused of fatally stabbing a radio newsman he met on Craigslist says the defendant was lured to the man’s apartment for illegal sex.

John Katehis’ lawyer said in opening statements at the murder trial Monday that 47-year-old George Weber offered Katehis $60 to move boxes in March 2009.

When the 16-year-old got there, the defense says, Weber offered alcohol, what Katehis believed was cocaine and money for sex.

Prosecutors say Weber responded to Katehis’ Craigslist ad offering sex for money. They say the defendant intended to kill Weber.

Weber had been freelancing for national ABC News Radio. He also had worked at WABC in New York, and at stations in California, Colorado and Pennsylvania.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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