Teen Convicted of Killing Radio Host in Internet Hook-Up
A Brooklyn jury found a teen guilty of second-degree murder for the stabbing of a WABC Radio newsman whom he met through Craigslist yesterday the New York Post reports.
As previously reported by EDGE, John Katehis, who was just 16 at the time, met radio host George Weber, 47, in March 2009 through a Craigslist post. The teen, who claims he is straight, agreed to be paid $60 for a night of violent sex at Weber’s New York City apartment. The night ended in Weber being stabbed to death more than 50 times. In addition, officials found Weber’s body bound at the ankles with duct tape.
In Weber’s Craigslist ad he stated that he was looking for someone to suffocate him during sex, but Kathis panicked when a knife was pulled, Jeffrey Schwartz, the teen’s lawyer argued.
In a signed confession, the teen recalled stabbing Weber once in the neck after Weber pulled out the knife.
After the guilty verdict was read in court yesterday, a handcuffed Kathis turned to his father, shrugged his shoulders and shot him a large smile, the Post noted. Last year, the teen showed a similar lack of emotion when his first trial ended in a hung jury. He sat motionless with a smirk on his face while the forewoman read the verdict.
"This is the demeanor of a cold-blooded killer,’’ prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi had told jurors in her summation Monday.