Mallory Owens, who was savagely beaten over the Thanksgiving holiday by her girlfriend’s brother, claims that the attack was not a hate crime. Girlfriend Ally Hawkins agrees, saying that the true reason “will come out.”
Owens’ family had originally told reporters that Mallory was beaten for being gay. Dismissing the incident as a “bad bad night,” Owens told WKRG that though “a lot of things have happened” between them, she does not hate Travis Hawkins, Jr., her accused attacker.
“It’s not a hate crime at all,” said Ally Hawkins. “We both know the reason why this happened, and it doesn’t make any excuses for him, I’m not defending him at all. I know why he was angry, and that will come out.”
Hawkins Jr. was charged with second-degree assault and was later freed on a bond. Now he is apparently “in hiding” – “fearing for his life” after receiving death threats, according to his lawyer James Byrd. Byrd accuses the online community of trying and convicting his client without fully knowing the details.
“People get a story and go with it, and before it’s over its an entirely different animal,”Byrd said. “People have taken this and overreacted, and made it something that it’s not.”
Mallory Owens’ mother Kristi Taylor has met with Mobile’s District Attorney in an attempt to make the attack into something it was: attempted murder. More details on the case will come to light when Travis Hawkins, Jr. goes to court on December 10.