CHOKED UP

When Sex Kills: How A Kinky Gay Hookup In San Francisco Turned Deadly

viewimage_story“He told me he liked it,” 25-year-old David Munoz Diaz (pictured) testified in a San Francisco court. “He said it excited him and he wanted to cum.”

Diaz was recounting an experience he had with 23-year-old Freddy Canul-Arguello three years ago. The two men met in a taqueria in the Castro at around 2 a.m. on June 10, 2011. Together, they walked to nearby Buena Vista Park, a popular area for gay cruising. What happened next, the defense has argued, was a case of erotic asphyxiation gone very, very wrong.

According to Diaz, Canul-Arguello began performing oral sex on him. Then he asked to be strangled, showing Diaz exactly how he wanted it done.

“He placed himself behind me and he crossed his arm covering my neck,” Diaz testified, holding his right arm across his throat to demonstrate.

Diaz stood behind Canul-Arguello, choking the young man while at the same time rubbing his penis against his butthole. When Canul-Arguello asked to be choked “a little bit harder,” Diaz obliged.

Then, “at a certain point, he stopped moving,” he said.

Diaz let go of Canul-Arguello, whose lifeless body dropped to the ground. He tried to resuscitate him but was unsuccessful. In a flight of panic, he dragged the body next to a nearby recycling bin then lit the can ablaze in an effort to “signal for help.” Then he pulled a fire alarm and called 911 about the fire before fleeing the scene.

The prosecution tried to paint it as a case of a rage-filled, closeted Mexican man who violently turned on his sexual partner, strangling him and then lighting his body on fire in an effort to destroy the evidence, then lying to police about it.

Though the prosecution tried paint Diaz as a crazed killer, a friend of Canul-Arguello’s testified that he had once told her he liked being choked during sex, asking her if she thought it was weird.

Arguments in the trial ended Monday after jurors heard two weeks of salacious evidence. Jurors continue to deliberate today. A verdict is expected very soon.

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18 Comments

  • Marc

    At times people get not what they deserve, but what they ask for, that simple. The practice of wanting to be choked is not rare. Too bad another person can be imprisoned for those few seconds of their thrill.

  • Xzamilio

    I mean, I’ll gag and you can slap me with it, but nah, Imma pass on the choking craze.

  • friscoguy

    I guess there are people dumb enough to buy this story.

  • friscoguy

    @Marc: YIKES to you and your thinking.

  • DDstar1me

    Wowwwzers…this is really crazy. I can’t judge. I have my own erotic asphyxiation-like having my balls squeezed as I cum..wink!

    But, this is really sad if his accounts of this story is how it really happened. I wish him the best.

  • Stache99

    @friscoguy: Yeah, I agree. This isn’t like the movies. Choking someone to death isn’t just a simple act. Two things are going to happen. Either they’ll start fighting you or they’ll just pass out from lack of blood flow to the brain to live another day.

  • Stache99

    I’ve actually done the choke thing for partners before. Nothing hard and if there was anything unusual at all you would of coarse stop. They always had the control too.

  • dazzer

    Having had an irregular hook-up (who’d developed a crack habit without me knowing it) choking me to unconsciousness an then trying to rob me, there is absolutely nothing erotic about asphyxiation.

    These days, the second a man touches my throat with his hand or his arm, the sex stops and I get prepared to be violent.

  • middleagespread

    For some strange reason, I believe him. Of course I don’t know all the details. Hope whatever the outcome is, is the correct justice.

  • Wingfield

    How can these mma fighters be choked out over and over but always bounce back? Maybe he held on too long by accident, but it’s hard to believe an innocent person would do what he did after the fact.

  • Teeth

    They should make him grand Marshal for this weekend’s Folsom!

  • crowebobby

    Awfully hard to prove anything “beyond a reasonable doubt” in this case.

  • pierre

    Jesus, what ever happened to dinner and a movie?? Chocking is erotic? You gotta be kidding me.

  • seaguy

    @Teeth: @Teeth: Folsom is not this weekend it is Sept 21st. But I guess your one of those people who looks down upon it because it is too risque for your taste.

  • seaguy

    @pierre: At 2 am your options are somewhat limited when it comes to dinner and a movie. lol

  • pierre

    @seaguy: My father always told me and my 5 siblings: “Nothing good ever happens after midnight.”

  • DuMaurier

    Even if it happened exactly as Munoz Diaz says, would that let him completely off the hook? As far as murder goes, I guess; but wouldn’t it still constitute some level of manslaughter at least? Any lawyers here?

  • Ogre Magi

    Sex and being stupid don’t mix

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