1/04/2009

"Gay Panic" - The New Twinkie Defense

Michigan Supreme Court at the Hall of JusticeImage via WikipediaTwo more murderous kids are trying their hand with a twist on the Menendez defense and the usual "Gay Panic." Why do I have trouble believing that two strapping late teenagers would not have a problem saying "no" to a sexual advance, pulling out the ubiquitous cell phone and calling the cops on their teacher. Instead they murder him and then rip off his house. Call me cynical but I think the "he diddled me" excuse is a little bit thin.

I like the fact that at one point they say they didn't mean to hurt him just rob him but after the lawyers got to them suddenly it was a case of a bad old queer molesting them. Maybe they'll replay the scenario with their lawyers should they get them off. We can only hope.

More details have been released in the murder of a local high school music teacher. Matthew Cox was found dead inside his home last week by a friend and two teen brothers were arrested in the case. In the police report, 18-year-old Jose Delatorre and his 17-year-old brother, Juan Aguirre, confessed details to the police regarding how the teacher was killed. However, News 3's Collette Wieland explains that the young suspects told police that they didn't mean to do it.

High school music teacher Matthew Cox didn't make it home to Michigan for Christmas. Instead, he was allegedly murdered by one of his own students. On December 20, the 32-year-old Cox picked up Basic High School student Juan Aguirre and his brother Jose Delatorre and took them back to his house in Henderson.

The brothers told police in the report that they played video games with Cox. Before leaving, however, they say Cox went upstairs with Juan. Juan says that while they were alone, his teacher became sexual with him and made him feel uncomfortable. When Cox drove the two boys home, he parked in front of their house. There, Jose reportedly hit Cox on the right side of the head and Juan began to choke him. The boys say they held Cox for about 10 minutes before he stopped moving.

The boys say they bound Cox's hands and feet with a tie before Jose drove them back to Cox's house, where the two teens stole his electronics. The brothers left Cox's dead body on his couch and Juan says he kissed his teacher's cheek before they left. The teens say they didn't mean to hurt him, they just wanted to rob Cox. Juan also told police that their mother helped them to hide Cox's car at a local casino.

Police were led to the teenage brothers via an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers. Delatorre is due in court next week.

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