NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The suspect charged in the shooting death of a gay man in Greenwich Village has been arraigned in a Manhattan court room on Tuesday.
Elliot Morales, 33, pleaded not guilty to a murder as a hate crime charge in the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Mark Carson. Morales also entered a not guilty plea for charges of criminal possession of a weapon and menacing a police officer.
Morales hurled homophobic slurs at Carson and then shot him, point-blank in the face on May 18, authorities said. The shooting occurred on the corner of 8th Street and Sixth Avenue, where the gunman first urinated on the street outside a bar, according to prosecutors.
A worker at the bar chastised Morales, who then walked into the bar, confronted the worker, pulled out a gun and made anti-gay remarks, prosecutors said.
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