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CA- Man convicted of murdering man who touched him

12-12-2008 California:

An Oakland man is guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a man who he said had touched him sexually.

Jurors in Alameda County Superior Court convicted 25-year-old Bruce Shaw on Thursday after deliberating for two days.

Prosecutors said Shaw shot 27-year-old Sirron Croskey in 2006 after the victim allegedly had touched Shaw several times during a long night of drinking and drugs.

Shaw's attorney had argued that Shaw was molested as a child and snapped when he was touched that night.

Prosecutors argued that there was no evidence Shaw was molested as a child. They also noted a time gap between the touching and the killing, saying that showed it was premeditated.

Shaw faces life in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 11. ..News Source.. by

Defense: Oakland Man "Flipped Out" When Victim Suggestively Touched Him
12-4-2008 California:

A defense attorney told jurors today that Bruce Shaw shot and killed 27-year-old Sirron Croskey near an Oakland park in the early morning hours of April 6, 2006, because Shaw "flipped out" after Croskey touched Shaw in what he thought was a sexually suggestive way.

In her closing argument in Shaw's trial in Alameda County Superior Court, defense attorney Andrea Auer said Shaw, 25, had been sexually molested when he was only 3 years old and didn't like it when Croskey repeatedly touched him at the end of a long night in which the two men and some acquaintances had been drinking, taking drugs and planning robberies.

Auer said Shaw's history caused him to react violently, saying, "We wouldn't be here if Bruce hadn't been badly sexually abused as a kid."

The defense attorney said that because Shaw was provoked, she thinks he should only be convicted of manslaughter, not murder.

However, prosecutor Joni Leventis told jurors she thinks that Shaw should be convicted of first-degree murder because he planned to kill Croskey and had time to reflect before he pulled the trigger.

Jurors will begin deliberating Shaw's fate late Thursday. ..News Source.. by BayArea News

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