Justin Waller arrested in Vermont for allegedly killing gay lover John Lea in Hell's Kitchen

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    Jan 24, 2010 1:06 PM GMT

    The man accused of brutally stabbing a 41-year-old event planner in his Hell's Kitchen apartment was arrested Saturday in Vermont, authorities said.

    Justin Waller, 31, was collared in Manchester by local and NYPD detectives after they tracked him down through his use of John Lea's credit cards, police said.

    Waller will be arraigned Monday on fugitive charges before being extradited to New York to face second-degree murder charges, police said.

    Lea's body was discovered by police on Thursday after concerned friends dialed 911 when he failed to show up to his job with the New York Society of Security Analysts.

    Waller is being held at Marble Valley Correctional Center in Rutland. His bail was set at $500,000.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/01/24/2010-01-24_slay_suspect_nabbed_in_vermont.html#ixzz0dXBypDJd

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    Jan 24, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    Why would that be second degree murder? What on Earth constitutes first degree murder?
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    Jan 24, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    Ok then ...
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    Jan 24, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    UrsaMajor saidWhy would that be second degree murder? What on Earth constitutes first degree murder?

    Second degree generally refers to murder in a fit of passion.
    First degree is coldly premeditated.

    Premeditation doesn't mean hours of evil plotting. It's enough to show there was a conscious decision to take a life.
    Second-degree in this case does seem to be giving a little too much advance credence to the suspect's story that the killing was the result of a heated argument.
    The suspect also took the victim's credit cards. In my state that would make this a capital murder. (Not saying that's a good thing, just making the observation).
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    Jan 24, 2010 5:48 PM GMT
    I am so going to TiVo that if it's on tv and the lucky fuckers that get to pull jury duty got lucky as hell!!!
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    Jan 24, 2010 6:44 PM GMT
    In some states, it's a matter of counting steps to the weapon used. And in some cases, if he were to have caught him in bed with another guy and killed them both with a gun or other weapon kept in the same room, THAT would have been a temporary insanity plea over crime of passion. Unless Kentucky law has changed since I was stationed at Ff Know in 90.
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    Jan 24, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    UrsaMajor saidWhy would that be second degree murder? What on Earth constitutes first degree murder?

    Second degree generally refers to murder in a fit of passion.
    First degree is coldly premeditated.

    Is this the beginning of a "gay panic" defense, that the prosecutors are enabling? The facts are too sketchy at this point to really know very much, but worth following to see how this develops.