Woman confesses to beating gay man to death with bat
A Tucson man is on trial for beating a gay man to death, but a woman involved with the killing, has confessed to murdering the victim with a baseball bat, for spurning her sexual advances. Good god, what in the hell was she thinking? Is this some new, perverted form of “gay panic?” (Tucson Citizen): The woman, Kathleen Farabaugh Turner, 21, has also claimed she didn’t kill the victim, 24-year-old Philip A. Walsted, according to court records. David Augustine Higdon, 22, is charged with murder in Walsted’s death.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Frank Dawley said yesterday that Turner may, under the Fifth Amendment, choose not to incriminate herself in the slaying. However, Dawley said Higdon’s attorney, Bobbi Berry, may use a statement Turner made in which she said she killed Walsted.
…in a statement made to Higdon’s former attorney, Ralph Ellinwood:
Turner and Higdon, who were lovers, were smoking ‘a lot’ of crack cocaine when Walsted approached. Turner, who had prostituted herself with Higdon as her pimp, decided to ‘hustle’ Walsted, even though he was gay.
‘I felt like I had to prove something to David, so I kept coming on to this guy,’ she said.
When Walsted rejected her, Turner said, she killed him in anger.”