David Keegan Riotto Haigh has gone from Jack’d to Lock’d…up.
A jury in a New York courtroom just convicted the 43-year-old former model of first-degree manslaughter in the death of 41-year-old James Johnson, Jr.
The two met on the gay dating app Jack’d in April 2017. After a night of drinking and drugging, a fight broke out which left Johnson with multiple stab wounds and a knife in his chest.
Haigh claims to have acted only in self-defense. He says Johnson tried to inject him with a hypodermic needle, prompting him to stab him 17 times, including one fatal blow to the heart. He remained at the scene and cooperated police following the attack.
“I took a life, a horrible fact that I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life,” Haigh said in court.
“It was never my intention to take his life. My only intent was not to let him take mine. I simply had no other choice. I will live with this guilt for the rest of this life.”
Haigh’s tale of self-defense wasn’t enough to convince the jury, however. After being found guilty, he now faces up to 12 years in prison.
His lawyers say they intend to appeal the verdict.