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Steven Nelson Was Strangled, Kicked 30 Times With Steel-Toed Boots

A gay Idaho man was brutally murdered last week, left naked and alone to die, after responding to an online ad for a male escort. 

Four men are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Steven Nelson, 49, who was choked and kicked about 30 times with steel-toed boots on Friday following an apparent robbery, according to police. They are not currently facing hate crime charges.

Nelson, who worked at Boise State University, had responded to the ad on the website Backpage, according to The Idaho Press-Tribune. 

Nelson later picked up one of the suspects, 22-year-old Kelly Schneider, at a Wal-Mart in Nampa before driving him to an area known as Gotts Point, near Lake Lowell. After Nelson offered to pay Schneider for sex, another man arrived with a rifle. 

That’s when Schneider threw Nelson to the ground and began choking and kicking him, KTVB.com reports. Two other men also showed up, and the suspects took Nelson’s clothes, wallet and car keys before forcing him to tell them the PIN number for his credit cards. 

After the suspects drove off in his car, Nelson walked naked to a nearby home. He was taken to the hospital, but died hours later from cardiac arrest. 

“A lot of people whom I’ve personally talked to think it’s a hate crime,” Becky Tallent, Nelson’s former journalism professor at the University of Idaho, told the Press-Tribune. “If you are targeting a group of people to harm them, it is a hate crime.”

Schneider, 21-year-old Kevin Tracy, 28-year-old Jayson Woods and 23-year-old Daniel Henkel were arrested and charged with murder and robbery, KTVB reports. Schneider faces an additional charge of grand theft. If convicted, all four could face up to life in prison or the death penalty. Sheriff Kieran Donahue told KTVB the four men were part of “a conspiracy ring” that robbed others who answered ads for sex in the past, and is urging those victims to come forward. 

Denise Bennett, another one of Nelson’s former journalism professors, called him a “bright, creative, passionate person” who had “an excellent sense of humor.” 

When Nelson was Bennett’s student, he was featured in a documentary she produced, “Little Blue Dots,” about the challenges LGBT people face living in red states like Idaho. 

“In 2014, when (Gov.) Butch Otter was really saying some crazy things about gay marriage, we decided to focus on that issue,” said Bennett.

Susie Black-Haynes told KTVB she knew Nelson for 15 years, and remembers him as “a goofball,” “fun,” “very sweet,” and “loving.”

A memorial service for Nelson is set for May 14 at Boise State University, where he worked as the phonathon manager overseeing the call center. 
Image of Steve Nelson: Screenshot via Vimeo

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Dominion Lawsuit: Sidney Powell, Mike Lindell and Rudy Giuliani Pushed Trump Lies for Fame, Glory — and Pillows

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Attorneys for Dominion Voting Systems accused Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell of spreading lies about Donald Trump’s election loss for fame and glory.

The voting technology company’s lawyers argued Thursday in a court hearing that Trump’s former campaign lawyers and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell believed they could attain power and influence by helping the former president remain in office by overturning his election loss with baseless claims of fraud and tampering, reported CNN.

“That’s the place they could get in-person audiences,” said Dominion attorney Megan Meier. “[Washington was] the place where Powell could become a household name.”

Attorneys for Giuliani, Powell and Lindell — who have been sued for $1.3 billion in the defamation suit — at times attempted to re-litigate the election during the four-hour hearing, which began a few hours after a New York court suspended Giuliani’s law license over his election fraud lies.

The former New York City mayor did not attend the hearing, but Powell and Lindell did.

Another attorney for Dominion argued that the case can remain alive in court, even if jurors find the defendants’ claims “improbable,” because the case isn’t about “the marketplace of ideas,” as Lindell’s attorney has argued.

“There is a quantum of information available to [Lindell] by the time he made these statements,” Clare said. “He made the preconceived notion that the election was stolen.”

The lawsuit accuses Lindell of using election lies and Qanon conspiracy theories to promote his pillow company.

“[He] sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows,” the suit alleges.

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‘Just Shoot Them’: Trump Told Top US General to ‘Crack Skulls’ and ‘Beat the F’ Out of Civil Rights Protestors: New Book

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President Donald Trump told America’s highest-ranking general and top law enforcement officials to “shoot” civil rights protestors in Seattle and Portland, “crack their skulls,” and “beat the f–k” out of them, according to a new book by a Wall Street Journal reporter.

“The President would highlight videos that showed law enforcement getting physical with protesters and tell his administration he wanted to see more of that behavior,” CNN reports, citing excerpts from Michael Bender’s book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.”

“That’s how you’re supposed to handle these people,” Trump told his top law enforcement and military officials, according to Bender. “Crack their skulls!”

Trump also told his team that he wanted the military to go in and “beat the f–k out” of the civil rights protesters, Bender writes.

“Just shoot them,” Trump said on multiple occasions inside the Oval Office, according to the excerpts.

But Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley (photo, right) refused, Bender reveals, with Milley and Attorney General Bill Barr often finding themselves the only ones willing to push back against the president.

General Milley, who made headlines Wednesday after delivering a stunning lecture on critical race theory and “wokeness” to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was not pleased by it, also pushed back against Trump senior advisor, white supremacist Stephen Miller.

During one Oval Office debate, senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller chimed in, equating the scenes unfolding on his television to those in a third-world country and claiming major American cities had been turned into war zones.

“These cities are burning,” Miller warned, according to the excerpts.

The comment infuriated Milley, who viewed Miller as not only wrong but out of his lane, Bender writes, noting the Army general who had commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan spun around in his seat and pointed a finger directly at Miller.

“Shut the f–k up, Stephen,” Milley snapped, according to the excerpts.

Read the entire report at CNN.

 

Image of President Trump and General Milley: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr

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‘No Time to Waste’: DeSantis Blasted for Going on Fox News as Biden and Miami Mayor Urge Him to Request State of Emergency

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Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis is taking time to pose for the cameras and talk to Fox News in the wake of the stunning partial building collapse that more than 12 hours later has left 99 people missing, and feared dead.

DeSantis reportedly added an interview with far right Fox News host Mark Levin to his calendar for Thursday.

President Joe Biden during a news conference announcing a bipartisan agreement on, appropriately, an infrastructure bill on-camera Thursday afternoon urged the Florida Republican governor to ask for a declaration of a state of emergency, but DeSantis has yet to do so – nor has he declared a state of emergency himself for the Surfside disaster. President Biden appears to have ordered FEMA to Florida to assess the situation, which is the most they are allowed to do until the governor acts.

Also urging DeSantis to request a state of emergency declaration is Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, who says “there is no time to waste.”

Apparently DeSantis believes there is, and many are blasting the likely 2024 GOP presidential hopeful.

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