Newport Beach Man Charged With Murdering Gay Student Faces Hate Crime Sentencing Enhancement. WATCH.

Blaze Bernstein
(Photo courtesy of Gildeon Bernstein)

A 21-year-old Newport Beach man charged with murder in the stabbing death of former high school classmate Blaze Bernstein will also face a hate crime sentencing enhancement, the Orange County district attorney announced Thursday, reports Los Angeles Times.

Orange County District Atty. Tony Rackauckas said prosecutors added the hate crime enhancement based on allegations that Samuel Woodward killed 19-year-old Bernstein because Bernstein was gay.

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