Mistrial in Sucuzhanay Hate Crime Trial

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hate crime vigil against homophobia

A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of the second man charged with a hate crime in the death of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay. The jury was deadlocked in the case around 9 p.m. last night after one juror refused to continue deliberations.

Keith Phoenix was accused of beating Sucuzhanay with a baseball bat as he walked arm-in-arm with his brother in Brooklyn in 2008. Prosecutors say Phoenix and co-defendant Hakim Scott targeted them because they thought the brothers were gay.

Scott was convicted in a separate trial last week of manslaughter and attempted assault in the attack, but he was acquitted of hate crime charges.

For more WNYC coverage on this story, click here and here.

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