Prosecutor Says Marine Fatal Stabbing Was a Hate Crime

Washington Post
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May 17, 2012

The fatal stabbing last month of a Marine by a fellow Marine on Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row was a hate crime, the lead prosecutor in the case said in court Wednesday.

Michael Poth, 20, stabbed Philip M. Bushong, 23, after yelling a slur against homosexuals, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Liebman said. The stabbing occurred minutes after Poth saw Bushong and a gay male friend hug outside Molly Malone’s saloon in the 700 block of Eighth Street SE on April 21, Liebman said.