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Man killed stepfather after argument over gay guest, prosecutor says

A man who objected to the sexual orientation of a guest in his family’s home shot his stepfather to death after an argument over the matter turned physical, prosecutors said during a hearing this week.

Christian A. Smith, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 9 killing of Dennis McKenzie, 43, in Woolwich Township.

Smith was staying temporarily with his mother and stepfather in their Gloucester County home, where a celebration was taking place on the day of the shooting. A relative of Smith brought a friend to the house, prompting Smith to object over the friend’s sexual orientation, according to Assistant Prosecutor Dana Anton.

“He made it known to his stepfather that he did not approve of that person coming into their house … that their house was a house of God,” Anton said.

Smith’s remarks included an anti-gay slur, the prosecutor noted.

McKenzie and Smith argued.

“The stepfather took a swing at Mr. Smith and, I believe, maybe superficially hit him,” Anton said, adding that Smith was not injured. “In response to that, Mr. Smith took out a Glock 19 that was in his waistband and shot him three times.”

McKenzie was struck twice, in the head and body, and died at the scene. Smith’s mother and a teen sibling witnessed the shooting, the prosecutor noted.

“This argument that proceeded the murder, it started over an act of bias and an act of bias intimidation where he is using a slur about somebody’s sexual orientation,” Anton said.

Smith’s public defender, Katherine Constantine Blinn, challenged probable cause for the murder charge, arguing that her client maintained the shooting was accidental and that forensic evidence was needed to clarify what happened.

“Exactly how this occurred and the specific manner of death needs to be fleshed out a little bit more with the forensics,” she said.

She also characterized the shooting as a spontaneous incident and not something Smith had planned.

Blinn noted that her client remained at the shooting scene and dismantled the gun, placing it on the dining room table.

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by Anonymousreply 15October 22, 2021 6:14 PM

Surprise ending The older step-father was defending the gay guy; the younger son was the anti-gay one.

by Anonymousreply 1October 22, 2021 4:15 AM

Yeah, look at him. I'm betting the gay "guest" was someone who had plowed his ass before on the DL.

by Anonymousreply 2October 22, 2021 4:15 AM

Girlfriend's gonna do just fine in the big house!

by Anonymousreply 3October 22, 2021 5:10 AM

His homophobic ass is soon gonna become a 'house of God' for his fellow inmates.

by Anonymousreply 4October 22, 2021 5:15 AM

Clearly a closet case protesting too much.

by Anonymousreply 5October 22, 2021 5:17 AM

R3 how do you mean?

by Anonymousreply 6October 22, 2021 5:29 AM

Blowjob lips! Well, they'll come in useful for the next 15-20 years.

by Anonymousreply 7October 22, 2021 5:34 AM

25 to Life.

by Anonymousreply 8October 22, 2021 5:39 AM

He looks like a Rupaul's Drag Race contestant when they're doing confessionals out of drag.

by Anonymousreply 9October 22, 2021 5:40 AM

R9 yes! Could use a little makeup as he's an unfortunate looking creature. What type of person walks around with a gun in their waistband?

by Anonymousreply 10October 22, 2021 5:57 AM

R10 someone with a very small penis.

by Anonymousreply 11October 22, 2021 5:59 AM

Is it still a hate crime if the perp is a part of the marginalized group the crime was against, because there's no way he isn't a friend of Dorothy.

by Anonymousreply 12October 22, 2021 8:17 AM


by Anonymousreply 13October 22, 2021 8:21 AM

But it's even more complicated than that, R12, because he didn't kill the gay guy, he killed his step-father.

by Anonymousreply 14October 22, 2021 6:04 PM

Gay = Bad, Murder = OK?

by Anonymousreply 15October 22, 2021 6:14 PM
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