Murder victim, suspect were on different paths that crossed in a gay chat room

Posted on 13 Apr 2009 at 7:57am

The Houston Chronicle published this follow-up on Sunday about the murder of Spenser Vogt (left), a 19-year-old gay man from Katy, Texas.

Lee Carl Banks III (right), also 19 and gay, is accused of fatally shooting Vogt last month after the pair met in a gay chat room.

The Chronicle reports that Vogt had a job and a nice car, and had recently been accepted into college, while Banks had been expelled from high school and was on probation for assaulting his ex-boyfriend.

The motive appears to be robbery. Banks was arrested a few days after the murder in Georgia after being pulled over in Vogt’s car. He later led authorities to Vogt’s body, which had been wrapped in a tarp and dumped in a field in South Houston.

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