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Earlier today I posted about the horrific assault on 23-year-old Mallory Owens from Mobile, Alabama, who was beaten within inches of her life by Travis Hawkins Jr. Hawkins' sister is Owens' girlfriend.

Owens had been invited to Thanksgiving by the family, who was "trying to be nice," according to Owens' mother. It's not the first time that Hawkins has attacked her:

Earlier this year, family members tell News 5 that Travis Hawkins Jr. hit Mallory over the head with a pipe wrench. She was injured, but the family did not pursue charges after that incident.

D.A. Ashley Rich claims they have no reason at this time to declare it a hate crime. Hawkins Jr. is free on bond.

Watch WKRG's video report and interview with the family, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. There's no excuse for this. I can't imagine what his attorney's will argue in court. Travis is a bully and a pussy for attacking this girl. Plain and simple. Lock him up.

    Posted by: Dennis | Nov 26, 2012 7:24:26 PM


  2. How is this NOT a hate crime?!

    Posted by: Bravo | Nov 26, 2012 7:26:41 PM


  3. No reason to declare it a hate crime? He assaulted her because of whom she loved. That's a whole bunch of wrong. Owens girlfriend must really be a special person for Mallory to have stuck around after the first assault.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Nov 26, 2012 7:28:30 PM


  4. Life in prison, no less, he is EVIL.

    Posted by: Tadpolicus Wex | Nov 26, 2012 7:29:16 PM


  5. Srsly... WTF???

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Nov 26, 2012 7:34:18 PM


  6. While there's no disputing the horror of this attack, what in the world possessed this young woman and her girlfriend to visit the home of the crazed as*hole who previously assaulted her? That's misguided thinking, at best. I don't get it.

    And why would the legal system let him out of jail after he beat her nearly to death?

    None of it makes sense.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Nov 26, 2012 7:46:30 PM


  7. Hate crime statutes vary by jurisdiction, and Alabama's doesn't cover orientation. That's all the attorney was saying.

    Posted by: BGKev | Nov 26, 2012 7:46:50 PM


  8. BGKEV: There's always the Federal hate crimes statute. Perhaps the US DA should take a look at this...

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Nov 26, 2012 8:05:12 PM


  9. take a look at this woman's face.

    then take a look at the face of that gay republican in wisconsin who claimed to be "violently attacked by a liberal"

    notice the difference?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 26, 2012 8:08:33 PM


  10. white trash rednecks...acting like the savages they are.

    Posted by: Quest | Nov 26, 2012 8:11:08 PM


  11. Welcome to Hicksville, Alabama

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 26, 2012 8:21:34 PM


  12. It's Alabama. I'm in no way blaming the victim, but why in the world would you attend an event with someone who had attacked you? And why would your partner even want you to do so?

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 26, 2012 8:24:16 PM


  13. Prayers for Mallory :-(

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 26, 2012 8:29:54 PM


  14. Alright. This story is bizarre. Big pieces are missing from the puzzle. I'll be polite and leave it at that. I hope the young lady fully recovers.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 26, 2012 8:43:40 PM


  15. @Rick:
    You should change your screenname. There is another poster who goes by "Rick" and frequents this site, and you would not want his comments to be mistaken for yours, trust me.

    @RatBastard:
    You could "leave it" at not making vague insinuations.

    Posted by: Dan B | Nov 26, 2012 9:00:38 PM


  16. Actually it's kind of certain that Ratbastard is Rick/Jason.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 26, 2012 9:27:10 PM


  17. Wow. The father shot the son in January and The son has attacked this young lady once before. Something is seriously wrong in that family. I hope the charges are upgraded to attempted murder and this young lady has nothing else to do with that crazy ass family.

    Posted by: C | Nov 26, 2012 9:45:25 PM


  18. @Dan B:

    My 'insinuations' are that's one F'ed up family.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 26, 2012 9:55:38 PM


  19. Well, of course it isn't a hate crime. This is Alabama. They don't even have hate crime protections for LGBT citizens, and even in blatant hate crime cases, they skirt using the designation. Unfortunately the Hawkins family appears to be complete trash based on their entire history and Mallory is tragically an innocent victim by being associated with this family through her GF. I won't question why she decided to spend Thanksgiving with her GF, obviously Mallory must love Ally a lot to do so. I feel horrible for Mallory and the Owens family. Hopefully Mallory fully recovers emotionally and mentally as well as physically.

    As for the animal who beat her, attempted murder and bias crime charge. Get this idiot behind bars.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 26, 2012 10:00:22 PM


  20. Sorry but she needs to break up with girlfriend and move away from this poisonous and violent family. You think its going to get easier when when she has to testify against the family and the animal who beat her?

    Posted by: KuMiCu | Nov 26, 2012 10:48:34 PM


  21. This is a HATE CRIME there is no second guess about it. He should not be out of jail. Him being out says that it is ok to just beat someone because of who they are. My heart goes out to owens and her family. If this back woods idiot wants to beat on someone because of who they like to have sex with maybe he should direct his focus toward sex offenders or is that hitting to close to home for him.....stand up for something right

    Posted by: AngelC | Nov 27, 2012 12:41:31 AM


  22. One more thing I agree attempted murder charge is what he should be facing

    Posted by: AngelC | Nov 27, 2012 12:42:50 AM


  23. The prosecutor got it wrong. A hate crime is not about just the injuries, it is also about motive. His motive is clearly to terrorize and suppress a minority.

    Posted by: Gast | Nov 27, 2012 2:56:00 AM


  24. I don't think we have enough information yet to call this a hate crime. People assault family members for all sorts of reasons. That she is a lesbian and the assault took place in Alabama makes it easy to ascribe an anti-gay motive for this, but we're not privy to the details of the case. All we have is the statement from Mallory's mother asserting that anti-gay animus was the motive, but that's not definitive or even reliable. She wasn't there when the assault took place. As for whether attempted murder charges are appropriate, we'd need to know more about the extent of her injuries and possibly the duration of the assault in order to make that call. You can be beaten badly enough to need surgery and your attacker may not qualify for attempted murder charges. It's tempting to rush to judgement, especially given the graphic pictures associated with the case, but it's probably best to wait for the facts.

    What happened to Mallory is truly terrible, and I hope for her a speedy recovery and justice under the law. If hate crimes prosecution is appropriate, I hope it is pursued.

    Posted by: Chris | Nov 27, 2012 3:55:45 AM


  25. All discussions about hate crime aside, how is this guy free on bond?

    Posted by: bridgecross | Nov 27, 2012 9:42:23 AM


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