Self-defense. That’s what 16-year-old John Katehis is using as a defense to explain the repeated stab wounds that killed George Weber. And now that Katehis is appearing in court, the (more) gruesome details are unfolding.
With Katehis’ father crying in the courtroom Friday for a preliminary hearing, the defendant’s lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz told the court about all the things Weber did to his client. “It seems that Mr. Weber had this whole secret life that no one knew about,” Schwartz says. “He lured John Katehis into his home. He plied him with alcohol and illegal drugs.”
Acknowledging Katehis went to Weber’s home to perform sex acts in exchange for $60, Schwartz is arguing it was Weber who plied him with alcohol and cocaine and “attempted to get him to do, some sadomasochistic sex to him. Um, the situation got out of control.”
And as Katehis put in his own words: “I didn’t mean to kill George. It was an accident. He pulled a knife on me, so I stabbed him. He gave me something to drink and some coke. He asked me to do things I wasn’t comfortable with.”
Stabbed him. Over 50 times.