Jamaica: Gay panic defense in killing of Pride icon

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04/17/2019

The man who killed fashion designer Dexter Pottinger had his murder charge reduced to manslaughter after he told Jamaican authorities that he stabbed Pottinger 25 times after Pottinger appeared to him naked and aroused. Tattoo artist and thief Romario Brown pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge on April 10. Pottinger was a fashion designer, video director and LGBT rights activist who was named Jamaica’s “Face of Pride” in 2016. Coverage in the Jamaica Star interpreted the reduced charge as a response to Brown’s “gay panic” defense the statement that “his actions were caused by provocation” by Pottinger

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