The lawyer who defended a high school student who fatally stabbed his classmate after & # 39; years of bullying because he was gay & # 39; has claimed that his actions & # 39; are fully justified & # 39; goods.
Robert Feldman noted Abel Cedeno, 20, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison last month for killing 15-year-old Matthew McCree and seriously injuring another student in September 2017, a & # 39; fierce queen & # 39 ;.
The Cedeno legal team argued that the teenager acted in self-defense and brought the knife that was used in the attack to school for protection against bullies who had harassed him for years.
The suspect told the judge that he was beaten several times on the day of the deadly confrontation at the now closed Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in Bronx, New York.
Robert Feldman noted Abel Cedeno, 20, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison last month for killing 15-year-old Matthew McCree and critically injuring another student in 2017, a & # 39; fierce queen & # 39;
But he was found guilty of manslaughter, assault, and possession of weapons in July and sentenced in the Bronx Supreme Court on September 10.
In the first episode of the new BBC Three documentary series – Love and Hate Crime: Killing in the Classroom, to be broadcast tonight on BBC One – Feldman admits that he would have tried & # 39; to run & # 39; when he was in Cedeno's shoes.
& # 39; That's a fierce queen, that's a fierce boy, & # 39; he says. Weet I know that if I were in his position, I would just try to flee, he said, "Guess what b ******, are you trying to beat me up, kill me?" He was furious; as you know, Mr McCree was a bull's eye and history, and Abel was fully justified. & # 39;
The documentary shows how the complicated case divided the city, with the black community facing the gay community.
Speaking of a new BBC Three documentary – Love and Hate Crime: Killing in the Classroom, to be broadcast tonight on BBC One – Mr. Feldman admits he would have tried to run & # 39; when he was in Cedeno's shoes
Cedeno, who was 18 at the time of the attack, is also being interviewed (photo) and admits that & # 39; is difficult to live with & # 39; what he did
Filmed with access to the accused and the victim's family in the run-up to the trial, cameras follow the lawyers on both sides while fighting it out in the press and the public opinion court.
Cedeno, who was 18 at the time of the attack, is also being interviewed and admits that & # 39; is difficult to live with & # 39; what he did.
& # 39; For me, life is valuable no matter what it is, who it is, you know? & # 39; he explains.
& # 39; I have never and never killed an animal, even as a mouse. Although everyone tells me it was self-defense, it's still a terrible tragic thing, it's hard to live with, I'll never forget that, it's something I'm going to take to my own grave. & # 39;
Prior to his conviction, Cedeno told the court that he was & # 39; terrible & # 39; felt about the pain he caused to the families of both victims.
& # 39; I will have to live with that for the rest of my life, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I am so sorry and wish I could take it all back. & # 39;
Lynn and Feldman tried to claim that Matthew was a dangerous gang member – something his mother Louna Dennis (photo) has always strongly denied
Cedeno was found guilty of manslaughter, assault and possession of weapons in July by mortally stabbing 15-year-old Matthew McCree (left) and seriously injuring 16-year-old Ariane LaBoy (right) in September 2017 at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation.
The case of Cedeno was picked up by the gay rights lawyer Christopher Lynn, who claims that he identified himself with Cedeno after being brought to him by police officers from the school & # 39; had come and listened to his side of the story
Speaking of why he had the bill of exchange with him, Cedeno claims that it & # 39; normal & # 39; was to go to school with a knife and reveals that he had bought it on Amazon for $ 20.
& # 39; The gang members did that and normal people did that too, because you would say, "I don't have this mess with me," he says.
& # 39; The knife was a card for me to finally be outside, so that I could no longer be judged. & # 39;
He adds: & # 39; When I first heard of Matthew's death, it was heartbreaking. I couldn't believe he died. The knife was legal, how can a small thing do so much damage? & # 39;
Cedeno claims that he brought out because of & # 39; fight or flight instinct & # 39 ;, knowing it & # 39; me or him & # 39; used to be.
Christopher Lynn said Cedeno was branded as a & # 39; hysterical queen who whipped the knife out and became a psycho & # 39;
His case was picked up by the gay rights lawyer Christopher Lynn, who claims he identified himself with Cedeno after he had been paraded by police officers & # 39; and had listened to his side of the story, insisting that he be attacked by Matthew McCree.
& # 39; Every gay person would look at that situation and say, "That's me," and if they don't say they're not truthful, "he argues.
& # 39; The crowd scene with the pitch forks and the torches, that was it. There is someone's life, a real child who hates the whole city and will scorn him, they will burn him at the stake as Jeanne d & # 39; Arc, cheerful.
& # 39; The gay is a hysterical queen who took the knife out and became a psycho, and he is like that and all gay's are like that, it's all psycho queens who can't wait to kill you. & # 39;
Lynn and Feldman tried to claim that Matthew was a dangerous gang member – something that his mother Louna Dennis has always strongly denied.
Chris Vasquez, a former school teacher where the attack took place, also claims that Matthew, whom he knew from the age of 13, & # 39; a sweetheart & # 39; was and disputes Cedeno's claim that he was being bullied
& # 39; Imagine that I found out he was in a gang. Matthew would never dare & # 39 ;, she says in the documentary.
& # 39; The biggest thing I'm really dealing with, I'm going to be honest, is the fact that I wasn't there for him.
& # 39; You know, like … he died and I wasn't there. I didn't get to see him, I couldn't tell him that I loved him, I didn't get to hear that he loved me. He was such a happy child. & # 39;
Chris Vasquez, a former school teacher where the attack took place, also claims that Matthew, whom he knew from the age of 13, & # 39; a treasure & # 39; was and disputes Cedeno's claim that he was being bullied.
Ariane LaBoy, who barely survived Cedeno's attack, joined his mother Felicia LaBoy in sentencing. Felicia told reporters that her son has not been the same since the incident
& # 39; Matthew was not a bully, he was a sweetheart, everyone loved Matthew and he would defend his friends, he would defend a teacher, he was not a bully. That whole story was made up & # 39 ;, Chris emphasizes.
& # 39; Abel was never bullied. This whole thing about being bullied is just made up, I don't know when, I don't know who, but there is no evidence that he is being bullied, the students in the class could testify that he was not bullied, the teachers too.
& # 39; He's been in school for more than four years, and if he is bullied there would be evidence everywhere. & # 39;
Cedeno tells a completely different story and claims that he has been the target since high school when he first started to struggle with being gay and told & # 39; a few & # 39; faculty members that he was harassed by other students.
Cedeno showed little emotion when the sentence was spoken. Prior to his conviction, Cedeno told the court that he was & # 39; terrible & # 39; felt about the pain he caused to the families of both victims
The Cedeno defense team tried to convince the judge that the teenager was acting in self-defense and claimed that he was bringing the knife used in the attack to school to protect against bullies who had been harassing him for years. The suspect is shown in court on July 15
& # 39; In the end I just stopped because they didn't do anything, they didn't help me, they didn't tell the other kids to stop and even sometimes when I did it and they told other kids it just got worse, & # 39 ; he says.
& # 39; Some of the threats were visual, they would say: & # 39; I'm going to wait for you outside, I'm going to make you bleed because you like being f ***** in the a **, we & # 39; go do that with a steel pole ".
& # 39; They came to push me, stumble me, pull my hair, kick me on the floor, hit me on the shoulder, slap my stomach … it doesn't sound like a school, it is almost like a prison.
& # 39; It was scary and there were dark moments, there were dark times when I thought of committing suicide and hurting myself. I tried to take an overdose two or three times. & # 39;
The Cedeno lawyers said he brought a knife (photo) to school for protection after being bullied and claimed that he acted in self-defense when he stabbed the students
In a statement after the verdict was pronounced, Darx Clark district officer, Bronx, said: “A 15-year-old boy was killed and the life of another youth was forever changed by the crime of this suspect.
& # 39; There was no evidence during the trial that Matthew McCree or Ariane LaBoy had ever bullied the suspect.
& # 39; His explosion of anger has left so many lives in ruins, including his own. Now he will spend many years in prison. As a society, we must do everything to prevent violence in our schools. & # 39;
Felicia LaBoy, whose son Ariane was the other boy who was entangled in the attack, said the mental and physical damage he sustained had a lasting impact.
& # 39; The Ariane who returned from the hospital in October 2017 is not the Ariane I sent to school on September 27, 2017, & # 39; she said.
The Cedeno family sues the New York City public school system and claims that more could have been done to prevent the alleged bullying and incident
The trial saw testimony from various students and teachers who witnessed the deadly attack, and from a doctor who examined the deceased victim.
Dr. John Hayes, from the Chief Medical Examiner's office, described McCree & # 39; s chest wound as & # 39; gaping and complex & # 39 ;, New 12 reported The Bronx.
He told the court that Cedeno's knife pierced the teen's heart about 3 centimeters deep and one of his lungs collapsed.
In the documentary, Mr. Vasquez plays a recording of a witness statement he collected during his own investigation, in which the woman says that Cedeno would leave the room when he walked back after a paper ball was thrown at him, and Matthew said to & # 39; accelerate & # 39; – a snake term for starting a fight – before you stab it.
The Cedeno family sues the public school system of New York City and claims that more could have been done to prevent the alleged bullying and incident.
Matthew's mother hired civil rights lawyer Sandy Rubenstein to prosecute the city for $ 25 million for not protecting her son.
Love and Hate Crime: Murder in class broadcast on BBC One tonight at 10:35 AM.
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