Gay Man Beaten To Death After Concert; Assailant Charged With Misdemeanor | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Gay Man Beaten To Death After Concert; Assailant Charged With Misdemeanor

Play associated audio

Gospel music plays at the 24th annual Black Family Reunion, a celebration of African-American culture which takes place every year on the Mall. Tony Hunter came to last year's celebration. It was one of the last things he did. After he left the Mall, Hunter was assaulted outside of a popular gay bar in northwest Washington. He died 10 days later.

The man charged with killing him, 18-year-old Robert Hannah, says he was acting in self defense after Hunter groped him. A federal grand jury indicted Hannah on one count of simple assault, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The indictment outraged Washington's gay community, and at the Black Family Reunion celebration, Washington's NAACP president Lorraine Miller says justice isn't being served. "That's not fair," she said. "That's not equal justice. That's unfair."

Last week, D.C. Councilman Phil Mendelson urged the U.S. Attorney's Office not to offer Hannah a plea deal and to take his case to trial.

David Schultz reports...


Ruth Rendell Dies, Pioneered The Psychological Thriller

The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series and in her later years became active in Labour Party politics. NPR's Petra Mayer has this remembrance.

'Bourbon Empire' Reveals The Smoke And Mirrors Of American Whiskey

A new book suggests that tall tales on craft bourbon labels are the rule rather than the exception. They're just one example of a slew of "carefully cultivated myths" created by the bourbon industry.

Site Using Candidate Carly Fiorina's Name Attacks Her Record At HP

The site,, says the Republican presidential candidate laid off 30,000 people while she ran Hewlett-Packard. Fiorina does not deny the figure but says, overall, the firm created jobs.

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

There's a growing tendency to bring the tiny hieroglyphs off of phones, but not everyone is fluent. New takes on emoji integration suggest misunderstanding may be remedied with universal translation.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.