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Title Montrose Voice, No. 31, May 29, 1981
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date May 29, 1981
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 002
Transcript City Council approves Gay Parade route MontroseVbice The Newspaper of Montrose, Issue #31, Published Weekly Friday May 29, 1981 Good Evening Montrose weather tonight: Slight chance of rain with a low of 77°. Sunrise: 6:21AM. Saturday: Hazy and hot with a slight chance of rain and a high of 95°. Sunset: 8:17PM. McCoy's trial set to start Monday Accused in death of Fred Paez The often-postponed trial date for Houston police officer Kevin McCoy, charged with negligent homicide in the death of gay activist Fred Paez, finally appeared near as attorneys announced this past week that the trial was set to start at 9:00 a.m..Monday, June 1, in the courtroom of Judge J.D. Guyon at 301 San Jacinto. Prosecuting attorney Brian Raines said he didn't anticipate any more delays and expected the trial to last anywhere from a few days to a week. Houston Gay Political Caucus president Lee Harrington received a subpoena to appear as a witness. Paez was an administrative assistant for the GPC when he was shot June 27, 1980. The October 15, 1980 indictment says McCoy, "while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, placed a cocked, loaded pistol against the head of (Paez) and as a result thereof said pistol discharged," killing Paez. The misdemeanor charge is punishable by a year in prison and a $2000 fine. Prosecutor Rains said the case will be tried in felony court because McCoy was a public official. A grand jury investigation resulted in the charges against the 25-year old officer. McCoy was relieved of official duty with pay after being indicted. Paez encountered McCoy at a warehouse where the officer was working an off-duty security job. McCoy, a four- year police verteran, said Paez made sexual advances toward him in an alley, and, in the alleged attempt to arrest him, the officer's gun discharged. McCoy admitted drinking beer the night of the killing but denied being intoxicated. McCoy's lawyers had asked Judge Guyon to quash the indictment on the grounds that it did not accuse McCoy of committing a specific crime. The Fred Paez Task Force held an open community meeting in March attended by about twenty people to discuss latest developments discovered in the investigation of the death of the gay activist. The meeting was the second time the organization had held such a meeting. The first occured shortly after Paez death, when five community leaders were selected to conduct a "separate but cooperative" investigation with the District Attorney's office. Harrington, a member of the Task Force, described this latest meeting as "productive." A report was given concerning the alleged homophobic background of McCoy and how it might relate in court. The Task Force recounted meetings with the district attorney and his assistants. Task Force member James Kuhn, an attorney, described district attorney John Holmes as "terminally honest" in reponse to the attitude the Task Force perceived the district attorney's office having toward this case. Regardless of the personal attitude anyone in the distirct attorney's office might have toward gay rights, Kuhn said he felt a fair trial would occur and that the process up to that time had been "equitable." Kuhn cautioned that evidence in the case is extremely limited and we should expect a "not guilty" verdict. Added Harrington. "In this case, I feel our frustration can be properly vented by emphasizing the fact that homophobia can make itself visible in devastating ways, possibly even resulting in someone's death." Task Force member Ray Hill said he felt the group's work of watching this case was extremely well done. After hearing from the Task Force members, the group adopted a motion to establish a Fred Paez Memorial Fund to sponsor gay people in a school of criminal jurisprudence. The group also voted to advertise in the gay media to obtain more money for the Memorial Fund. They said they would hold their next community meeting the day after the announcement of the verdict in McCoy's trial. The March 22 meeting was held at Metropolitan Community Church, 1919 Decatur. Is this man crazy? No he's Alan Cartnal, author of 'California Crazy/' reviewed and interviewed inside
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