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Lawyer for Alleged O’Shae Sibley Killer Claims Client is a “Good Christian Boy”

The lawyer for the teen accused of killing O’Shae Sibley at a gas station last month because the Brooklyn dancer’s voguing offended his Muslim religion claimed his client is actually “a good Christian boy” with many Black friends. Much of the attack was caught on surveillance video.

Dmitry Popov, 17, has been charged as an adult with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of 28-year-old O’Shae Sibley on Saturday, July 28. Popov is accused of stabbing Sibley after he and a group of friends used antigay and anti-Black slurs as they objected to the Brooklyn dancer’s vogueing, allegedly saying it offended their Muslim faith.

Popov pleaded not guilty to the charges at a court appearance in New York City on Monday. In a series of interviews with the media, his lawyer, Mark Pollard, denied the accusations his client used antigay and racist language during the incident.

Pollard instead described Popov as “a good Christain boy” to local Fox affiliate WPIX when responding to accusations his client is a Muslim or uttered the offensive language.

“I can tell you unequivocally, my client denies that,” Pollard told the NY Daily News. “He’s not Muslim.”

“He has many Black friends, and his brother is married to a Black woman,” Pollard also told the NY Daily News. “Nothing in his background makes me think he hates Black people or the LGBTQ people, and he denies that.”

At a press conference on Saturday, NYPD assistant chief Joe Kenny disputed those claims, instead alleging Popov taunted Sibley and his friend with anti-gay and anti-Black words.

“As the group began to yell at Mr. Sibley and his friends, they began to call them derogatory names and used homophobic slurs against him,” Kenny said at a press conference. “They also

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