Court date for Portuguese man in NYC hotel slaying

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Posted: Apr 08, 2011 3:41 AM
Court date for Portuguese man in NYC hotel slaying

A Portuguese model is due in a New York City court as he fights charges of castrating and killing a Portuguese TV journalist in a New York hotel room.

Renato Seabra (rehn-AH-toh say-AH'-brah) has a court date Friday.

His lawyer didn't return a call Thursday. He has said Seabra is considering a psychiatric defense. He also has filed papers seeking to keep prosecutors from using the statements police say Seabra made to them about the Jan. 7 slaying of Carlos Castro.

The 65-year-old Castro was killed in a hotel room the men were sharing. Police say the 21-year-old Seabra told them he choked, stabbed and stomped Castro after an argument.

Friends said the two were a couple, but Seabra's mother has said they weren't.