Self-Defense Claimed In Weber Murder
May 11, 2009 at 5:16 AM (PT)
The defense attorney for JOHN KATEHIS, the teenager accused of the murder of veteran radio newsman GEORGE WEBER, said FRIDAY that his client was acting in self defense when he murdered WEBER, an anchor for ABC NEWS RADIO and former CITADEL Talk WABC-A/NEW YORK newsman, on MARCH 20th.
Attorney JEFFREY SCHWARTZ said at KATEHIS' arraignment, where the defendant pleaded not guilty, that WEBER called himself "smotherboy," had asked to be smothered for $60 in his CRAIGSLIST ad, and threatened KATEHIS with a knife. WCBS-TV/NEW YORK reports that SCHWARTZ asserted, "It seems that Mr. WEBER had this whole secret life that no one knew about. He lured JOHN KATEHIS into his home. He plied him with alcohol and illegal drugs."
Police documents unsealed at the arraignment show that KATEHIS' story was different when he spoke to police after the murder, claiming in a signed confession that the death was an accident that ensued after WEBER showed him a small knife and KATEHIS "got nervous and grabbed for the knife," recalling stabbing WEBER once in the neck. WEBER had 50 knife wounds when his body was found.
KATHEIS is being held at RIKER'S ISLAND and will be tried as an adult for WEBER's murder.