Posted: 5/17/2002 6:24:18 PM EDT
Not sure if this is a good thing, but...
[b]Miss Gay Ohio Murdered With Samurai Sword[/b]
Police: Female Impersonator Knew His Murderer
UPDATED: 6:02 p.m. EDT May 17, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus police said that a well-known entertainer and female impersonator was stabbed to death early Friday morning in his home with a samurai sword.
Police said that 35-year-old Gary McMurtry, also known in the gay community as Brazon (pictured, left), was stabbed multiple times in his Clintonville home located at Indianola Avenue and Piedmont Road around 7 a.m.
NewsChannel 4's Nancy Burton reported that Brazon held several titles for numerous years including Miss Gay Columbus and Miss Gay Ohio.
According to police, McMurty knew his 30-year-old killer, Micheal Jennings, who has been charged with aggravated murder.
Detectives said that Jennings dressed in black, wearing a mask and wielding a samurai sword, broke into McMurty's home by breaking a glass door in the back of the house.
"The roommate tried to stop the victim. There was an altercation where the roommate was stabbed in the hand and at that point, the victim was stabbed repeatedly following that," said Detective Vince Haupe.
Police caught Jennings a few blocks away from the crime scene at Amazon and High streets where the sword was found in a black backpack, NewsChannel 4 reported.
Investigators said that they will continue searching McMurty's home into the weekend for further evidence.
Burton reported that McMurty's roommate was taken to Riverside Hospital but was not seriously injured.
Investigators said that they are not labeling McMurty's murder a hate crime because he knew Jennings.
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