- ‘Welcome to the edge of freedom’: Biden’s boots touch down in DMZ
- Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out of’ requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
Portuguese man convicted in NY castration killing
NEW YORK (AP) - A Portuguese model charged in the castration killing of a Portuguese TV personality nearly two years ago in a Times Square hotel room was convicted of murder on Friday.
A Manhattan jury did not buy the idea that Renato Seabra was out of his mind when he choked, bludgeoned and mutilated Carlos Castro. Seabra had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and his defense team said he was mentally ill.
Prosecutors argued that Seabra and Castro were a couple and Seabra, eager for fame and fortune and believing the well-known Castro was his meal ticket, was enraged that Castro had ended their relationship.
“It is no coincidence Castro’s life ended at the same time he ended his relationship with the defendant,” Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal said. “The motive is as clear as if it were written in lights on a Times Square marquee.”
Seabra, 23, is from Cantanhede, in central Portugal. He was a contestant on “A Procura Do Sonho,” or “Pursuit of a Dream,” a Portuguese modeling talent search TV show. He didn’t win but did get a modeling contract.
Castro, 65, was a well-known TV personality and writer in Portugal.
Seabra’s mother disputed the men were lovers. According to trial testimony, Seabra told doctors that he thought of himself as heterosexual but went along with the relationship because he thought it could help him, until it became too much. His defense attorneys said the violence of the attack showed he had a psychotic break with reality and went berserk, believing he was on a mission from God to rid the devil of homosexuality from Castro.
A court-ordered psychiatric exam found Seabra fit for trial.
Castro’s body was found on Jan. 7, 2011, in a hotel room the men were sharing. A “Do Not Disturb” sign hung from the door.
Seabra later told police he had choked Castro, stabbed him with a corkscrew in his face and groin, rammed a computer monitor into his head and stomped on his face after an argument, then showered and wandered the city for a while before taking a taxi to a hospital, according to a court document. Seabra also disabled the room’s phone and took $1,600 from Castro before he left, prosecutors said.
Seabra, whose trial was delayed by Superstorm Sandy, faces the possibility of life in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 21.
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
- 'Dude, I'm dreading that I will have to go': Czech prime minister on Mandela funeral
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- Obama: Hole U.S. 'digging out of' requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Rush Limbaugh: Obama trying to make Mandela death about himself
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- Colorado judge: Bakery owner discriminated against gay couple
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Legalizing illegal immigrants is the solution to Obamacare: Democrat
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Get in the middle of all the action inside and outside the boxing ring.
Opinion, analysis, and musings on politics, pop culture, reinvention, and the resultant flotsam and jetsam floating around the right-of-center quadrant of the Left Coast.
The cold hard truth about politics in America today and the state of this once great nation.
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
White House pets gone wild!