Fort Worth man who invoked gay panic defense gets 35 years

Posted on 15 Sep 2015 at 1:32pm

David-HidalgoA Fort Worth man who plead guilty to murdering a friend and unsuccessfully invoked the “gay panic defense” will spend 35 years in jail under a plea deal reached last month.

David Hidalgo, 23, admitted to the February 2014 murder of Stewart Trese, a 23 year old Texas Christian University senior.

In an interview last year with WFAA, Hidalgo claimed Trese came on to him. When he refused the sexual advances, Trese allegedly threatened him with a knife. He admitted to stabbing Trese about five times in the chest and throat.

He will be eligible for parole in Aug. 6, 2031, but not released until Feb. 4, 2049, according to the Star-Telegram.

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