Scotty Joe Weaver

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Scotty Joe Weaver (March 26, 1986 - July 22, 2004) was an 18-year-old murder victim from Bay Minette, Alabama, whose burned and partially decomposed body was discovered on July 22, 2004, a few miles from the mobile home in which he lived. He had been beaten, strangled and stabbed numerous times, partially decapitated, and his body doused in gasoline and set on fire.[1]

The Baldwin County District Attorney, David Whetstone, stated that Weaver's sexual orientation was a factor in the crime. He remarked that the brutality involved "is suggestive of overkill, which is not something you see in a regular robbery and murder." Alabama's hate crimes statute does not apply to people targeted because of their sexual orientation.

Three people were charged with capital murder and robbery in connection with the crime, two of whom were Weaver's roommates: Christopher Gaines, aged 20, Nichole Kelsay, aged 18, and Robert Porter, aged 18. Nichole Kelsay had been Weaver's friend throughout most of his life.

Three years later in May 2007, with Judge Langford Floyd presiding, Christopher Gaines pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole; he is serving his sentence at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. Robert Porter pled guilty to murder and first degree robbery in September 2007, and received two consecutive life sentences;[2] he is serving his sentence at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama. Kelsay pled guilty and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit murder.[3]

This crime was featured in Small Town Gay Bar, a 2006 documentary film depicting the difficulties of being gay in the rural South.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jafari, Samira (2004-08-02), "Killing of gay teen raises issue of intolerance in state", Associated Press, retrieved 2007-08-21 .
  2. ^ Burroway, Jim (2007-09-14), A Third Guilty Plea For Scotty Joe Weaver’s Murder, Box Turtle Bulleting, retrieved 2008-02-20 
  3. ^ Belonsky, Andrew (2007-09-14), "Friend" Pleads Guilty in Gay Murder, Queerty, retrieved 2008-02-20 

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