Tags: mallory | owens | alabama | gay | beating

Mallory Owens: Alabama Woman Got Brutal Beating for Being Gay, Mom Says

Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 04:54 PM

By Michael Mullins

A Thanksgiving dinner turned violent when a 23-year-old woman was brutally beaten after her girlfriend’s brother objected to her relationship with his sister.

Mallory Owens is recovering from a skull fracture and crushed bones at Alabama’s USA Medical Center. Her mother told a Mobile television station that the brother attacked her just for being gay.

On Sunday, Mobile police arrested Travis Monroe Hawkins Jr., 18, and charged him with second-degree assault. He was released on bond.

The attack occurred after dinner. Owens was knocked to the floor and Hawkins repeatedly punched her, causing internal and external injuries, according to reports. Owens will require facial reconstruction surgery.

“I didn't recognize her when I got here,” Owens’ mother Kristi Taylor told WKRG News 5. “He tried to kill her. He's lucky he didn't kill her. She's lucky to be alive.”

According to Taylor, Owens was invited over to celebrate Thanksgiving with her girlfriend’s family, which she accepted despite her mother’s reservations.

“I did not want her to go, I begged her not to go, knowing how the family felt about her," the mom said. "But she said, 'They're trying to be nice.'"

Taylor said Hawkins had attacked Owens earlier this year, hitting her in the head with a pipe wrench. At the time, Owens’ family decided not to pursue charges.

“I want him behind bars for life,” said Avery Godwin, the victim’s sister. “He doesn't need to be out, because if he does he could do this to someone else or he'll finish it off with my sister .”

Despite the family’s belief that the attack was motivated by anti-gay bigotry, Mobile District Attorney Ashley Rich was hesitant to describe the assault as a hate crime.

“We are assessing her injuries, everything regarding her hospital stay. But at this time, he is charged with causing serious physical injuries to her, which is assault second degree under the laws of the State of Alabama,” Rich said on Monday.

Alabama is one of more than 20 states that lack hate crime legislation for attacks against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Pennsylvania Scout Leader Charged With Swiping $10K From Troops

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 15:36 PM

A Pennsylvania scout leader has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 from a Cub Scout pack and a Girl Scout troo . . .

Fossilized Human Jawbone Could Have Ties to New Kind of Ancient Human

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 15:15 PM

A fossilized human jawbone found in a fishing net in Taiwan’s Penghu Channel may hold clues to a previously undiscovered . . .

2 Chainz, Pot-Smoking Rapper, May Run for Mayor of Georgia Town

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 14:34 PM

Rapper 2 Chainz is considering a run for mayor in his hometown of College Park, Georgia, the “Mercy” star told XXL Magaz . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved