Bryan Donahue, 17, and Billy Dodge, 18, has confessed to beating Steven Goedereis to death, but now deny that they killed him because he was gay.
Donahue and Dodge are charged with second-degree murder and could face life in prison for the attack, in which Goedereis was beaten beyond recognition. His blood was found splattered on the store's awnings and the imprint of a sneaker had been pressed into his forehead.
Prosecutors argued that the attack began after Goedereis complimented the defendants on their looks and called one "beautiful." Donahue allegedly told police "The fact that he was gay upset me the most."
Defense attorneys denied that Goedereis was singled out because of his sexual orientation and claimed that Dodge believed Goedereis had been stalking his girlfriend. Donahue has claimed that the 118-pound Goedereis had attempted to rape him.
If convicted, Dodge and Donahue could face life in prison.
10/20/2014 North Carolina Board of Elections Eliminates On-Campus Voting Sites Across the State - North Carolina will begin state-wide early voting on Thursday, and unlike the 2012 presidential election, many students across the state will have no polling place on-campus, making it more difficult for students to exercise their right to vote.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections recently eliminated the only on-campus voting location for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a campus with more than 20,000 students. . . .