Gloria Allred, an attorney known for taking on high-profile celebrity cases, said today she will call on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the murder of gay D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts to determine if the killing was motivated by anti-gay bias.
Allred made the statements at a news conference following the sentencing of defendant Alante Saunders, 19, to 40 years in jail for the murder of Betts. Saunders pleaded guilty last month to first-degree felony murder.
Betts’ family has hired Allred to represent their interests. They may pursue a hate crime charge with the U.S. Justice Department and Allred said she will seek an explanation from the D.C. government about how a defendant in the case was allowed to escape a halfway house to commit the crime.
The Blade will have more on today’s developments in the Betts case later this evening.