Hate crimes is specific. It addresses violence motivated by hate. How can one be convicted of a hate crime if they were acquitted of the crime? it doesn't make sense.
Has there been a case where this had actually happened? Or is this all rhetorical "what if?"
The article is all "what if".
Secondly, if a person shot a gun and killed someone, they deserve to be punished and if they say they shot and killed someone because of that person's religion or sexual orientation or skin colour, they receive additional charges. You oppose this?