Craigslist ’Gay Slay’ Suspect Claims Self Defense
John Katehis, who faces trial for the murder of newsman George Weber, says that he’s straight--and claims that the episode of violent sex for pay that ended in Weber’s stabbing death was self defense.
Katehis, who notoriously had posted photos of himself online wielding bladed weapons, initially said in a signed confession that he recollected stabbing Weber once in the neck after he panicked at the sight of Weber pulling a knife.
Weber’s body, however, was found to have suffered more than 50 stab wounds; moreover Weber was bound at the ankles with duct tape at the time of his death.
At his May 8 arraignment, Katehis’ attorney, Jeffrey Schwartz, said that Weber had solicited Katehis on craigslist and called himself by the name "smotherboy."
Weber had indicated that was looking for someone to suffocate him during sex, but then he pulled a knife and attempted to force himself on Katehis, the lawyer argued.
Newspaper accounts said that the attack splashed blood across the walls and floor of Weber’s New York City apartment, and that Katehis washed up before leaving, neglecting to turn off water running in the bathroom when he went.
As reported at EDGE in March, Katehis posted a MySpace profile in which he described himself as "always looking for a big thrill," adding, "I’m a big risk taker and like to live life on the edge."
The profile continues, "I am an Extremist, an Anarchist,and a Sadomasochist.
"As long as you show respect for me i will show respect for you, if you disrespect me, then i will fucking break your neck."
Weber had been a longtime on-air contributor for radio station WABC.