The Washington Blade just published this report:
A grand jury has indicted a man who allegedly killed a gay man last year in D.C. with misdemeanor assault.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Frederick Weisberg on Thursday informed Robert Lee Hanna, a D.C. resident, that a grand jury indicted him with the charge of misdemeanor assault for the crime. Hannaâ€™s lawyers entered a plea of not guilty. The case was placed on the calendar of Judge Rafael Diaz for a subsequent court appearance Aug. 17.
On Sept. 7, Tony Randolph Hunter, a gay Maryland man, was allegedly attacked near the bar then known as BeBar, which is now EFN Lounge.
Police found Hunter lying unconscious on the street minutes after noticing an altercation a few blocks from where they were on patrol. Hunter remained unconscious for 10 days at Howard University Hospital before he died Sept. 17.
Police arrested Hanna Oct. 15 for voluntary manslaughter in connection with Hunterâ€™s death. Hanna told police he punched Hunter only after Hunter grabbed his buttocks and crotch, according to an Oct. 16 police affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court.
The Gay Panic Defense is a powerful weapon that straight defendants and defense attorneys are going to continue to wield. They use it because, as we’ve seen in the last few weeks, it works stunningly well.