Dwight DeLee was arrested early Sunday morning. He's charged with second degree murder, police claim he shot twenty-two year-old Moses Cannon because he was gay. DeLee pleaded not guilty on Monday, reports News 10 Now.

Openly gay brothers Mark and Moses Cannon were both shot while sitting in a parked car at a friend's home in Syracuse on Friday night. Police say people in the home were yelling gay slurs at the brothers. Moses was also living as a woman, Latiesha Green.

“Dwight DeLee goes into the residence at 411 Seymour Street, returns with a 22 caliber rifle, puts the rifle to the driver's side window of that vehicle and fires one round,” said Syracuse Police Chief Gary Miguel. “And that one round strikes Mark Cannon in the arm, and continues on and strikes Moses Cannon in the chest area.”

Impaired Mark Cannon, 18, managed to drive the car to the family's home.

“I'm hurt. Angry, upset. Am I mad at the kid? Yes. Mostly, I'm upset with society. How do we let our kids get this angry this young? This was hatred,” said Moses Cannon's father, Albert Cannon.

At Monday's arraignment, twenty-year-old DeLee pleaded not guilty. Police said the district attorney's office would determine whether to pursue the murder as a hate crime.

“Our suspect took a rifle and shot and killed this person, wounding also his brother, for the sole purpose that he didn't care for the sexual preference of our victim,” said Miguel, then added, “And isn't that sad?”