As recently as last year, a man in Austin, Texas avoided the death penalty by invoking a gay panic defense, legal in about half U.S. states. Jason Miller, who got drunk and stabbed his neighbor to death "for no good reason," according to prosecutors, was sentenced to 10 years of probation after killing his neighbor — a jury recommendation the judge was required to honor after the jurors found the defendant guilty not of murder but of criminally negligent homicide. The judge added six months of jail time (all he could).
The New York Post:
Miller’s lawyers argued that he acted in self defense when Spencer made a pass at him while the two were playing music and drinking.Here's the text of the Hunt's gay panic bill:
In a 911 call, Miller told dispatchers, “I think I killed someone,” according to police
“We were playing back and forth and everything and I just let him know — Hey, I’m not gay,” Miller later told police, according to an affidavit. “We been playing. We’re musicians and all that kind of stuff, but I’m not a gay guy. Then it seemed like everything was alright and everything was fine. When I got ready to go — it seemed like [expletive] just started happening.”
Prosecutors argued that the blood evidence contradicted Miller’s narrative...