The homophobe accused of shooting a gay man to death in the West Village laughed in hideous glee as he confessed, a prosecutor told a judge said Sunday.
Elliot Morales (seen being arrested on Friday night) was hauled before a judge and charged with killing Mark Carson with a point-blank head shot from a .38-caliber revolver following a barrage of anti-gay taunts shortly before midnight on Friday.
Morales, 33, got only a few blocks away from where Carson fell on W. 8th St. near Sixth Ave. when police collared him. As he was being restrained on a sidewalk, he laughed and boasted: “I shot him in the face.”
Morales, who had been staying recently with friends in the Rockaways, was ordered held without bail. He was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime and other counts.
“It’s clear that the victim here was killed only because and just because he was thought to be gay,” NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The commissioner added that Carson in no way antagonized his killer.