Thursday, June 17, 2021

Racine man accused of stabbing roommate while yelling homophobic slurs


RACINE — A Racine man was reportedly hospitalized Sunday for a collapsed lung after his roommate allegedly stabbed him while yelling homophobic slurs.

Anthony M. Harrison, 55, of the 1800 block of Marquette Street in Racine, has been charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide with domestic abuse assessments as a repeater and use of a dangerous weapon.

Racine County District Attorney Tricia Hanson explained in an email that the reason Harrison isn’t facing hate crime charges is: “There are enough facts, outside of those in the complaint, to indicate that the defendant did not intentionally select the victim because he was gay (and that) the two were fighting over household duties as they were roommates. Once the fight began, the defendant began using homophobic slurs.”

Under Wisconsin’s “hate crimes” law, §939.645, a crime can be considered a hate crime only if the crime “is committed or selects the property that is damaged or otherwise affected by the crime … in whole or in part because of the actor’s belief or perception regarding the race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry of that person or the owner or occupant of that property, whether or not the actor’s belief or perception was correct.

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