Online Supporters Rally Around Club Promoter Accused in Chelsea Murder
MANHATTAN — A campaign has started to free a club promoter accused of murder.
A group of online activists is campaigning to "Free Manny" after Manuel Pinero, 44, was indicted Tuesday for the murder of 23-year-old father Christopher Adames.
Supporters of Pinero, who goes by the name "Manny Stax," have even set up a website, savemannystax.com. The website promises updates on Pinero's ongoing case.
"Pray for Manny Stax he is INNOCENT," wrote Jackeline Matos on her Twitter account, @NYMIA77. "Pray for the victim's family. It is unfair that he is being accused of something so heinous, Love U Man."
Matos appears to be leading Pinero's support, and has tweeted several pictures of herself with him. It's unclear what the relationship is between the two.
Authorities have accused Pinero of stabbing Adames after allegedly getting into an altercation with him outside the Juliet Supperclub on West 21st Street after a night of partying.
Sources said Adames started speaking with several women outside the club when he was stabbed from behind numerous times early in the morning on Sept. 26, 2011.
Authorities denied Pinero bail last week, saying he is a flight risk because of his signficant financial assets, including at least two luxury cars and a home worth $1.3 million in New Jersey.
Pinero himself appeared to have a Twitter account — at least temporarily — on Wednesday morning, and several Twitter users wished @manuelpinero2 support in his upcoming case.
"Manny Stax # is shady," wrote Larry Nuñez. " Stand Up! Please RTain't guilty,
The account disappeared from the website by Wednesday afternoon. Calls to Pinero's lawyer regarding the account were not immediately returned.