A judge Tuesday
weighed whether the taped confessions of three New
Yorkers accused in the ambush and death of gay Brooklynite
Michael Sandy are admissible in court.
John Fox, Ilya
"Alex" Shurov, and Anthony Fortunato, all 20, are
charged with murder as a hate crime in the October 8
incident. In videotaped statements played Tuesday in
state supreme court in Brooklyn, the defendants said
they meant only to rob Sandy and blamed each other for
the killing, The New York Times reported.
A fourth man,
Gary Timmins, is cooperating with prosecutors and has not
defendants face 20 years behind bars if convicted, the New
York Daily News reported. No trial date has
On tape, Fox said
Fortunato lured Sandy, via a gay Web site, to a remote
parking lot in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, where the trio
attacked and attempted to rob him, the Times
"He asked what it
was, and I told him it was a gay beach...where gay
people have sex and stuff," the Times quoted Fox's
video as saying.
running out and hit him," the Daily News quoted
him as saying. "The guy screamed and ran for his car....
Alex chased him and dragged him out."
police he chased Sandy onto the Belt Parkway, where he was
struck by an oncoming vehicle. The driver fled and has yet
to come forward.
Sandy, 29, a
designer for Ikea, was removed from life support October 13
and died with family and friends beside him.
"I apologize to
his family; I know my words can't help, but I'm just
really sorry for what happened," Shurov said in his
Denise, watching in court with her husband, Ezekiel, and
their son's friends, told the Times she accepted the
apology. (Barbara Wilcox, The Advocate)