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.
The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat.
Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St. . . .