The Portuguese underwear model Renato Seabra, suspected in the brutal murder of popular gossip journalist Carlos Castro at the InterContinental hotel in early January, pleaded not guilty at his Tuesday arraignment. The 21-year-old Seabra has already admitted to fighting with Castro, 65, allegedly after telling his travel partner that he was only in a “May-December relationship for the older man’s money,” according to the New York Post. Seabra stands charged with second-degree murder despite the brutal nature of the crime.
The Post seems thirsty for harsher punishment:
Strangulation, bludgeoning, face-stomping, castration with a corkscrew — put them all together and you still get second-degree murder.
As cold-blooded as Seabra’s alleged actions in that 34th-floor hotel room sound, first-degree murder also requires that the murderer enjoyed himself, or “relished the infliction of extreme physical pain upon the victim.”
Seabra, apparently, gets a break for not having — or at least not admitting to having had — a good time while allegedly committing the tortures.
With a murder two conviction, Seabra could see a parole officer in only 25 years. He is being held without bail until his next court appearance on March 4. For more on the murder, check out “Murder on the 34th Floor” from the New York Observer.