Atlanta teen found guilty of killing man during 2013 rendezvous after failing a ‘gay panic’ defense BY Nicole Hensley NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, August 14, 2015, 3:13 PM Previous Next Enlarge Facebook Devontavius McClain, 19, was found dead in the trunk of a car in 2013 with a gunshot wound to the head. A 19-year-old’s attempt at using a gay panic defense did not sway a Fulton County, Ga., jury from convicting him of murder after killing a man and hiding his body in the car trunk for two months, authorities said. Marquavyian Gude expected to meet a girl, but he met Devontavius McClain instead, Gude’s attorneys argued during the trial. He then shot McClain, a 19-year-old who loved wearing bow-ties, in the head for “making a pass,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said in a statement this week. “Gude could not explain why, instead of leaving, he chose to ride around with the victim for several hours before killing him,” Howard said. Phone records and the abandoned car linked Gude to McClain’s death. He was also caught using McClain’s stolen debit card. Fulton County Jail Marquavyian Gude, 19, was convicted on a murder charge after killing Devontavius McClain in 2013 and then hiding his body in the trunk of a car. The jury found Gude guilty of a handful of charges including murder, assault, robbery and theft in connection to McClain’s death in April 2013. Gude has been sentenced to life in prison. A “foul odor” coming from a car abandoned behind an old apartment building led police to McClain’s body on June 14, two months after he vanished from his Griffin, Ga., home he shared with his family. The body was so badly decomposed, investigators relied on the tattooed names of McClain’s mother and sister, according to WGCL-TV. Foul play was not suspected at the time of McClain’s intial disappearance. His mother refused to believe her son was a runaway and said she “knew that something was wrong.” “He never did this before,” she told WGCL-TV. The gay panic defense is rarely a successful trial tactic and is even banned in states like California. It was most famously used by one of Matthew Shepard’s convicted killers, Aaron McKinney, who said he “snapped” after Shepard came ont to him at a Laramie, Wy., bar. The alleged sexual advances triggered flashbacks of a sexual assault McKinney said was perpetrated by another man.