New York, NY —
Indictments were handed down today against two men in the murder of Jose Sucuzhanay, an Ecuadorian immigrant who was beaten to death last December. One of the indicted men recently said he acted in self defense a claim that upset Sucuzhanay's family. The family's lawyer, Jose Arrufat held a press conference today at the office of the District Attorney.
Jose Arrufat: There was no way you could interpret smashing the head of someone with a baseball bat as self defence while you're slurring anti-Hispanic and anti-gay slurs.
The defendants, Keith Phoenix and Hakim Scott allegedly attacked Sucuzhany and his brother, who were walking arm and arm. Phoenix and Scott are charged with murder in the second degree as a hate crime, and other charges. They face up to 78 years in prison if convicted.