A man who shot and killed a gay man in Greenwich Village in 2013 while yelling anti-gay slurs, presented to the court deciding his fate a character witness who claims the two were lovers for ten years proving Morales is no bigot.
Elliot Morales, acting as his own lawyer for the hate-crime slaying of gay stranger Mark Carson, called as his first witness a former flame whom he’d met online.
The 38-year-old transsexual woman, using the pseudonym Jane Smith, testified from behind a curtain in Manhattan Supreme Court that she and Morales, 36, had a physical relationship on and off for 10 years.
“In your experience and personal knowledge, do you believe Elliot Morales is a person who hates gays?” Morales asked the pre-op transsexual, who does HIV testing in a clinic that caters to the LGBT community.
“Absolutely not,” she answered.
The woman said she met Morales after he responded to her dating profile that stated, “Transsexual woman looking for a man.”
Charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime, Morales faces 30 years to life in prison.