The murder trial against alleged teenage butcher John Katehis has begun anew — and prosecutors are pulling out all the stops to convict the would-be killer.
Prosecutors say that Katehis, 17, stabbed WABC newscaster George Weber 50 times after a kinky sex romp went awry — but, during the first trial in 2010, the jury in the case deadlocked after two and a half days of deliberation failed to convince the last holdout.
Katehis met Weber in March, 2009, through a Craigslist ad. The teen agreed to come to the older man’s Henry Street apartment, between Carroll and President streets, knowing he would be paid for sex.
In a videotaped confession, Katehis giggled as he recalled Weber’s desires to be bound and smothered. But things got out of control — and horribly gory — when Weber pulled a knife, Katehis claimed.
“I got paranoid. I went to grab the knife; he was supposed to be smothered, not [do] something with a knife,” Katehis said before pointing to his throat. “The knife just goes in and jabs him in the neck.”
Katehis said he stabbed Weber once, but a city medical examiner determined that the newscaster had been stabbed 50 times.
Throughout the trial, Katehis’s lawyer made an issue out of Weber’s alleged interest in bondage and rough sex. He also claimed that the newscaster had plied the teen with booze and cocaine before taking him to his bedroom.
“Weber wanted him to do some funky stuff,” lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz said.
Prosecutors blew the dust off the evidence in year-old case on Monday, telling the new jury in painstaking detail how Weber was killed.
The defense hadn’t presented its case by late Tuesday.
Pol’s bribe case goes to jury
Jurors were given the federal bribe case against Assemblyman William F. Boyland, Jr. — who was accused of netting more than $175,000 in a no show job from a Brookdale Hospital executive — without the embattled pol taking the stand in his defense.
Assistant District Attorneys from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District rested their case — as did the defense — on Tuesday afternoon.
Prosecutors claim that the Brownsville legislator, who had worked for Brookdale’s parent company, MediSys, before his political career started, was getting a salary from Brookdale Hospital even though he didn’t work there. Instead, they say, he steered millions of dollars in state funding to MediSys, who owns several hospitals in Brooklyn and Queens.
Yet Boyland’s attorneys said there was nothing wrong with the deal Boyland had with MediSys — and that there was no quid-pro-quo.
“We believe that although [the prosecutors] have established that money was paid and that official acts occurred,” said defense attorney Michael K. Bachrach, who rested his case on testimony of two witnesses, “we do not believe the evidence supports one was for the other.”
Another Boyland lawyer, Richard Rosenberg, agreed.
“His responsibilities as an assemblyman were to make such requests,” Rosenberg told the jury on Tuesday, explaining that getting money for local hospitals was part of the assemblyman’s job description.
The jury deliberated until late Tuesday night, but could not make a decision. They agreed to continue deliberating on Wednesday.
Over the summer, a federal judge convicted MediSys hospital CEO David Rosen for bribing Boyland, as well as state Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brighton Beach). Kruger’s bribe receiving trial is expected to begin in January.
— Thomas Tracy
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