Monday, November 21, 2005

California man found guilty of anti-gay hate crime murder

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From the Washington Blade & the Associated Press: Man guilty in brutal gay hate-crime murder Victim's ears cut off, anti-gay slur written on his back SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) | Nov 21, 10:00 AM A jury convicted a man Friday of first-degree murder for the brutal killing of a retired immigration agent who was found with his head smashed in, his ears cut off and a slur against gays written on his back. The jury of 11 women and one man deliberated one day before finding Gregory Michael Pisarcik guilty of murdering 53-year-old Narciso Leggs Jr., said Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy. The jury agreed with special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery and penetration of a foreign object, said Murphy, allowing the murder to be deemed a hate crime. "The victim was a very nice man with a family who loved him," said Murphy. 'We had a good trial and the jury did the right thing.' Pisarcik, 28, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 3 and faces life in prison without parole. Murphy said Leggs, who was gay, met Pisarcik in Laguna Beach. The two went back to Leggs' apartment in Santa Ana. Leggs was found dead June 29, 2002. His landlord had called police when he didn't see Leggs for a few days. Leggs' head was smashed with a full champagne bottle and the apartment was ransacked. Leggs' ears were cut off with scissors and a large flashlight had been inserted in his rectum, Murphy said. Leggs' car and handgun were missing, and Pisarcik was later spotted driving the car in Ventura. He led police on a chase across several freeways, firing the handgun out the window. When the chase halted, Pisarcik refused to come out of the car for an hour. Associate Public Defender William Kelly had asked the jury to convict Pisarcik of second-degree murder. "I argued there was a sudden explosion of rage, and an unpremeditated killing," Kelly said. Leggs had worked for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service for 22 years and had been retired from the federal agency about five years. Pisarcik, originally from New Jersey, lived in the Huntington Beach area and had many misdemeanor convictions for theft and narcotics violations, prosecutors said. Original source

3 Comments:

I knew Narciso Leggs several years ago when he lived in the Wash., DC area and worked as an INS agent. He was a GREAT guy with a nice sense of humor. Narciso would do anything to help anyone. His senseless, vicious murder is a tragedy. This guy had parents and other relatives who cared about him. He was a gentle soul who would never hurt anyone.
posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 12/27/2005 03:38:00 PM  
Thank you for your very heartfelt words. I'm sure his family would appreciate your kind words.
Why weren't his murder and the subsequent arrest and trial national news? This horrific act needs to be recognized for what it is - pure, absolute, wicked hatred and contempt and viciousness - so that the rest of the country and the world can see just how powerful hatred is.
posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 12/28/2005 12:23:00 PM