Teen to be tried as adult for alleged homophobic murder

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com September 14 2002 12:00 AM ET

A 15-year-old boy accused of killing his older brother because he thought his brother was gay will be tried as an adult. Under Pennsylvania law, lawyers for Ian Bishop had to get Westmoreland County judge Debra Pezze's approval before they could appeal her decision that Bishop be tried as an adult. She denied their request September 11. That means that Bishop, if convicted, could face life in prison without possibility of parole rather than being freed when he turns 21.

Bishop allegedly beat his 18-year-old brother, Adam, to death with a claw hammer in April because he believed Adam was gay, prosecutors say.