Suspect in NYC bias shooting appears in court, charged with murder as a hate crime

The man who police say hurled homophobic slurs at a gay man on a Manhattan street before firing a single fatal shot to his head has been charged with murder as a hate crime.

Elliot Morales appeared Sunday in Manhattan Criminal Court. He also was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

Authorities say Morales used a revolver to kill 32-year-old Mark Carson early Saturday as he walked with a companion in Greenwich (GREN'-ich) Village.

Ben Petok, a spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney, says no plea was recorded for Morales. He's being held without bail. His next court appearance is Thursday.

On Saturday, in the lively Village streets, police say Morales followed Carson and a companion and asked if they wanted to die seconds before opening fire.