Man pleads not guilty in 'homophobic' murder of gay man
The man charged with killing a gay man in the West Village last month was arraigned in a Manhattan court Tuesday, officials said.
Elliot Morales, 33, pleaded not guilty to a murder as a hate crime in the death of Marc Carson, 32. He also pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal weapons possession and menacing a police officer.
Prosecutors allege that Morales yelled homophobic slurs at Carson then shot him point-blank.