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Renato Seabra, Portuguese Model, Pleads Not Guilty in Corkscrew Castration, Murder

Renato Seabra, a male model who had recently starred on a Portuguese reality TV show, was charged with second-degree murder after his companion, a celebrity Portuguese television journalist, was found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York City hotel. The journalist, 65-year-old Carlos Castro, had arrived in the U.S. in late December in the company of Seabra to see some Broadway shows and spend New Year's Eve in Times Square, according to a family friend.
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Renato Seabra, Portuguese Model, Pleads Not Guilty In Corkscrew Castration
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(CBS/WCBS/AP) Renato Seabra, a male model who had recently starred on a Portuguese reality TV show, has pleaded not guilty to killing his companion, a celebrity television journalist, who was found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York City hotel.

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The Portuguese model pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a second-degree murder charge and his lawyer says he is planning a "vigorous defense."

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.

According to CBS affiliate WCBS, police say Seabra brutally attacked his companion for at least an hour.

Prosecutors say 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.

Seabra remains in custody at Bellevue Hospital.