Model pleads not guilty in corkscrew castration, murder

The Portuguese model charged with a gruesome Times Square murder pleads not guilty

Published February 1, 2011 10:07PM (EST)

The lawyer for a Portuguese model accused of castrating a celebrity TV journalist with a corkscrew and killing him says he is planning a "vigorous defense."

Renato Seabra (say-AH'-brah) pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a second-degree murder charge.

Police say the 21-year-old has confessed to killing well-known Portuguese journalist Carlos Castro on Jan. 7 at their hotel room in Manhattan.

They say Seabra brutally attacked his companion for at least an hour.

Proescutors says Seabra admitted to castrating Castro with a corkscrew, bludgeoning him with a computer monitor and stabbing him in the face.

Defense lawyer David Touger said after Seabra's court hearing that they hope for a positive outcome to the case, although he didn't elaborate.

Seabra remains in custody at Bellevue Hospital.

By Associated Press

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