The New York Daily News reports that although Morales, who is being held without bail in Riker’s Island, did not appear in court today, his defense attorney, Kevin Michael Canfield says that his client is not guilty and is "devastated by the charges."
Morales was arrested shortly after the incident that left 32 year old Mark Carson fatally wounded and charged with second degree murder as a hate crime.
"He didn’t murder anybody," attorney Canfield said to the Daily News adding ""He was sexually abused as a child by a male authority figure which led to a lifetime of alcoholism and drug abuse,"
Family members of the victim were present in court today but did not speak with the press.
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