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Alabama Lesbian Brutally Beaten by Her Girlfriend's Brother in Alleged Thanksgiving Day Hate Crime


A Mobile, Alabama woman is recovering after being beaten in what family members are calling a bias-motivated assault by her girlfriend's brother, WKRG reports:

A family is seeking justice after they say a girl named Mallory Owens was badly beaten on Thanksgiving day for being gay. They want charges upgraded on her alleged attacker, 18-year-old Travis Hawkins Jr. Hawkins turned himself in Sunday for second degree assault charges, but bonded out the same day.

Owens' supporters believe those charges should be upgraded to attempted murder...

...Her mother told News 5 her daughter was beaten by Hawkins because she is in a relationship with his sister and he does not approve. The family is calling this a hate crime and cannot believe her alleged attacker is walking free.

The assault on Owens was also reported in a widely-distributed Facebook post, with photos of her injuries:

Wrote Facebook user Sonia Mason:

FB FAM; pls contact WEAR & WKRG to immediately give media coverage to the vicious attack on this beautiful 23yr old girl, Mallory Owens in Mobile County, AL! Mallory was an invited guest Thanksgiving Day to her gf fam dinner & brother, Travis Hawkins Jr, has been arrested, charged, and released on bail for ONLY 2nd degree assault! Mallory had experienced a brain bleed, reconstructive facial surgeries, (metal plates due to crushed cheek bones), and skull fractures! This at best was an attempted murder! Mallory deserves justice for the horrific attack & by the Grace of God her long road to recover! It is reported that the accused attackers family stood by, did not intervene, and have threatened the victim family! Pls call the Mobile County prosecutor and demand that this case be addressed!


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  1. Horrific. I hope this a**hole gets justice served on him.

    Posted by: Joel V | Nov 26, 2012 3:14:31 PM

  2. Will we have another Twinkie defense?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 26, 2012 3:18:35 PM

  3. Oh no! I hope his family doesn't approve his horrible attack. He did something terrible and at the same time ruined the his family's life.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 26, 2012 3:25:20 PM

  4. So of course Alabama's hate crime laws do not include sexual orientation.

    Here's this animal's Facebook page:

    Posted by: ripper | Nov 26, 2012 3:29:59 PM

  5. Hanging's too good for this sociopath.

    Posted by: LeroyLaflamme | Nov 26, 2012 3:33:29 PM

  6. Hanging's too good for this sociopath.

    Posted by: LeroyLaflamme | Nov 26, 2012 3:33:30 PM

  7. Savages!

    Posted by: Quest | Nov 26, 2012 3:35:19 PM

  8. He's gonna be REAL popular in prison.

    Posted by: Astro Boy | Nov 26, 2012 3:35:50 PM

  9. Based on some of the photos and comments on that facebook page, it seems like he's caused problems for quite some time. Even his own mother and father are begging for him to stop screwing his life up.

    This is likely the final nail in this coffin. That poor girl :( Get this kid off the streets.

    Posted by: B2Chicago | Nov 26, 2012 3:36:27 PM

  10. Let's hope that they put his sick azz in prison, ASTRO. Anyone who continues beating someone when you know have them beaten is a f.cking coward. He wanted to ruin her face.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 26, 2012 3:40:56 PM

  11. Apparently, this whole family is a piece of work. Here's an article about the father's arrest last year for shooting his own son in the chest:

    Posted by: ripper | Nov 26, 2012 3:42:53 PM

  12. OMFG. That poor girl!

    Posted by: Lucas H | Nov 26, 2012 3:44:42 PM

  13. Mallory was savagely attacked on Thanksgiving, and it took until Monday afternoon for the story to become public? And the animal who attacked her is out on bail on second degree assault. Several Alabama news stations have barely reported on the incident, only in passing if at all.

    Stereotypical conservative state homophobia. What a shame. Mallory's face looks very badly damaged. Well wishes go out to her and her family. Hopefully there is justice here. The fact this is becoming national news helps matters in that regard.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 26, 2012 3:49:33 PM

  14. These are the people Romney was hoping would vote him in as President.
    And considering the results I think America is coming to terms with the idea that being gay isn't a big deal but I would think having this as your son would be a much bigger embarrassment for the family.

    Posted by: Darren | Nov 26, 2012 3:49:48 PM

  15. Francis, it was people power that got this on the news at all. The local stations' facebooks got FLOODED with complaints from viewers about them not covering the story. And some (like WEAR ABC 3) STILL won't cover it. It's ridiculous and disgusting.

    Posted by: Mike Halterman | Nov 26, 2012 3:58:14 PM

  16. I figured as much, Mike. It's not a surprise. As we see consistently, in these conservative states, where hate crime legislation isn't available, and where homophobia is rampant, anti-gay hate crimes are swept under the rug or flat out denied. It's as much tragic as it is completely appalling because it means there is a much greater chance the attackers in these incidents will get off.

    Luckily, though, people complained and now that this has gone national, it cannot be ignored forever, and hopefully there will be justice. We'll have to continue pressuring Mobile police and Alabama news stations and make sure they're doing their job since it's clear they won't on their own accord.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 26, 2012 4:15:17 PM

  17. I hope that someone contacted this guys boss as well. I am in Calif. and not sure what the laws are there. The guy should get attempted murder, charged with a hate crime as well. I can't believe that the news will not air this. Hate crimes here are aired on local news. I think that people should keep the heat on the prosecutor to convict him. Bail should have been set higher to insure he stayed in jail.

    Posted by: Val | Nov 26, 2012 4:20:26 PM

  18. "The family is calling this a hate crime and cannot believe her alleged attacker is walking free."

    We're talking about Alabama here. This attack could get the guy elected governor.

    Posted by: Banjo On My Knee | Nov 26, 2012 4:28:44 PM

  19. So the father shot this kid last year and now he attacked the sister's girlfriend. All sorts of Springer fvcked up.

    Posted by: WeRTheSquirrels | Nov 26, 2012 4:28:47 PM

  20. No, father and brother aren't the same.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 26, 2012 4:36:16 PM

  21. The kid who was shot was the same one was above, no?

    Posted by: WeRTheSquirrels | Nov 26, 2012 4:37:32 PM

  22. My heart goes out to Mallory's family and I pray for a full recovery. I can't believe no one stepped in to help her. We shouldn't have to call prosecutor's office to demand this case is looked at more closely. It should be done anyway because this girl was beaten nearly to death and that calls for at the least Attempted Murder Charges! Justice for Mallory!!!!!!

    Posted by: Rhonda | Nov 26, 2012 5:11:29 PM

  23. The message I left on his Facebook account:

    I hope that's not your baby - because people like you should not be allowed to breed. And I hope that you wind up in prison - and that your fellow prisoners REALLY enjoy having your company. And when you get out you can live the rest of your pathetic life flipping burgers. Iif society is lucky hopefully you'll get hit by a bus walking across the street to the burger joint.

    Posted by: Seth | Nov 26, 2012 5:15:37 PM

  24. Can't the feds step in? Isn't there a national hate crimes law?

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Nov 26, 2012 5:16:55 PM

  25. Mallory, God's with you BABY! SR. and Jr. are peas in a POD. I'm sure JR. will get his, I'm positive JR. will get his, it's a DONE DEAL JR.

    Posted by: Brad Carter | Nov 26, 2012 5:22:30 PM

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