Trial set in Arizona murder

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com September 27 2002 12:00 AM ET

The trial of a man accused of murdering a gay man on Arizona's Gila River Community reservation was scheduled to begin Thursday in federal court. Aaron Ray James Miguel, 25, faces a first-degree murder charge in the October 2000 death of Justin F. "Pete" Enos. Enos, 54, was beaten, dragged behind a horse, and murdered with a shovel because he was gay, authorities said. The crime was similar to the slaying of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard two years earlier. But unlike the Shepard case, Enos's death went mostly unnoticed. Another man, Dorian C. Brown, pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder in Enos's death.