Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:
1. A 19-year-old college student was beaten to death in an apparent anti-gay hate crime in Waterloo, Iowa, early Friday. Marcellus Richard Andrews was sitting on a friend’s porch when a group of people who apparently knew him rode up in a pickup truck and began taunting him with anti-gay slurs. A fight broke out, and after being kicked in the head at least once, Andrews was left unconscious with severe head injuries. He was pronounced dead at a hospital more than two days later. Police are still looking for the suspects and have not yet classified the incident as a hate crime.
2. The defense rested Monday in the murder trial of Brandon McInerney without calling him to the witness stand. McInerney, 17, is being tried as an adult on charges of murder and a hate crime for the fatal 2008 shooting of 15-year-old gay student Lawrence King in Oxnard, Calif. The defense is hoping McInerney will be convicted of voluntary manslaughter instead of murder. The prosecution is now presenting its rebuttal case, and closing arguments could be heard by the end of this week, which is the seventh of the trial.
3. Pop singer George Michael and his Dallas-based partner, Kenny Goss, have split up. Well, actually Michael says they haven’t really been together for 2 ½ years, even though they’ve led the media to believe otherwise. Michael came clean about it all during a performance Monday in Prague, when he also dedicated a song to Goss. Read about it here and watch the video below.