A District man with the nickname “Fool” was convicted in a fatal stabbing authorities said involved as many many as 20 blows fueled by anger over allegations of homosexuality.
A Superior Court jury on Tuesday found Justin L. Navarro, 25, guilty of first-degree murder while armed in the November 2009 killing of Kevin Massey, 31.
About a month before the killing, according to authorities, a group of teens was laughing at Navarro when his loose pants began to fall down. Massey pulled up Navarro’s pants, causing the teens to laugh even more and insinuate that Masssey and Navarro were going to become lovers, authorities said.
Massey became upset and gave Navarro the “evil eye,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
In the following month, Navarro was becoming increasingly agitated because of rumors about his sexual orientation, officials said. On one occasion, he was overheard loudly denying the rumors and vowing to kill Massey.
The day of the killing, authorities said, Navarro came to Massey’s house in the 4200 block of 2nd Street NW, went into his bedroom and stabbed him repeatedly. An autopsy showed that Massey was stabbed as many as 20 times, including fifteen times in the back.
In the days that followed, Navarro threatened witnesses, burned his clothes and told relatives he would not be around for a while, according to authorities. Authorities found him five days later in a hotel room in southwest D.C.
“This murder was marked by its unspeakable brutality,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.