"Escort" on Trial in Gay Journo's Death

BY Michelle Garcia

October 19 2010 4:30 PM ET

Opening arguments began Monday in the trial of a man accused of killing gay New York radio journalist George Weber in his Brooklyn apartment in March 2009.

Attorneys for John Katehis (pictured), 18, are arguing that he was the victim of a 47-year-old sexual predator, while prosecutors describe the suspect as a calculating murderer, according to Gay City News. At the time of Weber's death, Katehis was 16.

According to prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi, Katehis posted an ad on Craigslist, offering oral sex for cash. After an exchange of e-mails with Weber, Katehis went to his home, where Weber was stabbed to death. Katehis says he stabbed Weber by accident in self-defense while struggling over a knife, but in court Monday prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi called the stabbing "a vicious, brutal, intentional act."



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