A man who
viciously beat, robbed, and ultimately killed the patron of
a bar in Queens, N.Y., five years ago has finally been
taken into custody and charged with murder, the
Associated Press reports. John McGhee, 38, who had
been living in London, was taken into custody on his arrival
at New York City's John F. Kennedy International
Airport on Thursday. He has been charged with
second-degree murder for the August 2001 killing of
Edgar Garzon, police said.
Garzon, 35, a
native of Colombia who worked as a theater set designer,
was attacked on a Queens street by a man who beat him over
the head with an object or slammed his head into a
hard surface, police said. He was robbed of a $10
led to the arrest, police said. The Queens district
attorney's office had begun a new round of witness
questioning in the death and was considering
prosecuting the killing as a hate crime, a spokesman
said Thursday. The venom of the attack, which left Garzon in
a coma with multiple skull fractures, had led to
speculation that he was targeted because he was gay.
But police said investigators who worked on the case
in 2001 had been unable to determine whether the attack was
motivated by bias. (The Advocate)
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