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Woman Found Guilty In Attack On Gay Couple Walking Pink Poodle

Towleroad previously reported on the case of Portland-area gay couple David Beltier and Jeremy Mark, who were attacked while taking their pink poodle, Beauty, for a walk last March. Now, a verdict has been reached for one member of the husband-wife duo of assailants, though the charge is far less severe than it could have been. reports:

The jury of 12 people found Saraya Sophia Lisa Gardner guilty on one count of obstruction of justice.

Her husband, 23-year-old George Allen Mason Jr. is accused of striking a gay man with a crowbar and hurling gay slurs at him March 1. The attacked happened at 185th and Evergreen next to a busy strip mall...

Gardner's attorney, Thomas Coan, said after the verdict that he and his client were a little bit surprised and disappointed by the verdict.

"We think the government didn't have the evidence necessary to prove Ms. Gardner's intent in this case," he said, adding that he believes some of the evidence presented in the case tainted the jury.

"There was evidence of homophobic slurs that we didn't think was relevant that could have tainted the jury or prejudiced the jury against Ms. Gardner," he said.

Beltier previously reported that he was "happy to be alive," and the trial for George Mason Jr., the physical assailant in this case, will likely begin soon.

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  1. I would think that making slurs of any kind while striking someone with a crowbar would be relevant information for a jury to have.

    Posted by: clayton | Jan 31, 2014 1:56:55 PM

  2. If you're in a state that allows you to carry guns; CARRY THEM! Otherwise always carry something on you that can be used as a weapon, even if it isn't technically...

    When someone charges you with a crowbar, baseball bat, whatever, BLOW THEIR F****** HEADS OFF or STAB THE S*** out of them or WHATEVER YOU CAN DO and get the HELL OUT.

    The police and justice system are NOT on our side. We need to take care of ourselves.

    Posted by: ComingUp | Jan 31, 2014 2:27:01 PM

  3. What a lovely looking woman!

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jan 31, 2014 2:33:50 PM

  4. @COMINGUP I'm very inclined to agree with you. The police and the justice system are definitely not on our side. Take no sh*t from anyone. Ever. Fight back. By whatever means necessary. And if you kill somebody defending yourself, it's a good thing.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 31, 2014 2:36:33 PM

  5. She's so beautiful she could launch a 1000 ships!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jan 31, 2014 2:37:25 PM

  6. @SPACECADET, ok I'll say it before anyone else does:- "and with that face , looks like she already has!"

    Posted by: Lock | Jan 31, 2014 2:40:37 PM

  7. @COMINGUP, I won't carry a gun, but I have a machete in my car and I'm trying to figure out how to carry something on me on other occasions.

    Posted by: WOLF | Jan 31, 2014 2:59:23 PM

  8. LGBT people, carry a concealed gun if it's legal in your state, or learn self-defense, or own a "manly" dog like a pit bull that will tear off limbs to protect its master. ;o)

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jan 31, 2014 3:05:23 PM

  9. I'd say she's fighting a little something inside herself, hmmm...

    Posted by: als | Jan 31, 2014 3:09:51 PM

  10. Her lawyer says there was no evidence of intent and then says that the evidence of intent (the homophobic slurs) shouldn't have been allowed. Pick one or the other, buddy. You can't have both.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jan 31, 2014 3:19:50 PM

  11. Fair warning to anyone--would-be gay bashers or not: I may be gay, but I fight like a scalded badger and YOU. WILL. LOSE.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Jan 31, 2014 3:22:09 PM

  12. "There was evidence of homophobic slurs that we didn't think was relevant." Oh no, it was VERY relevant.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 31, 2014 3:27:30 PM

  13. @ALS, yeah she's fighting something - that alien in her body that's trying to bust out of her big belly.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 31, 2014 3:37:56 PM

  14. Gorilla.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jan 31, 2014 3:50:25 PM

  15. Someone married THAT dog?

    Posted by: Clint | Jan 31, 2014 4:18:02 PM

  16. A PINK pooddle? These guys should be sued for cruelty...... This poor woman and her distinguished husband actually were members of Humane Society trying to rescue the pooch.

    Posted by: Mark Twain | Jan 31, 2014 5:57:27 PM

  17. how is it that homophobic slurs are not relevant in a case like that???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Bernie | Jan 31, 2014 6:18:06 PM

  18. @clayton : the article said that her husband was the person making the slurs, so her attorney was arguing that the slurs were not relevant to her guilt or innocence. The judge allowed the slurs to be used as evidence, so one might presume that the attorney will use that decision by the judge as grounds for an appeal. That or something similar is the best option the attorney has - it is not like the facts are on his side.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 31, 2014 7:24:27 PM

  19. You don't always need a gun. had a friend from the means streets of Benton Harbor, MI. When we were walking back to our cars from the only gay bar around in Grand Rapids, MI in the '70s, he was always turning his head and looking for something when we talked; I asked him why. He said "I'm looking for a garbage can lid, a rock, a stick or something in case someone wants to attack us". Later, I learned to carry my car keys with the blade of the key sticking out between my fingers in case I got into a fight; or carry mace. But these things are for when you're cornered. The best thing to do (mostly because we're all a little loaded when we leave bars) is to run if you see someone chasing you or coming up to you.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jan 31, 2014 7:26:01 PM

  20. Oh, and need I add, when that particular horse face comes towards you. You can always tell when someone means to do you harm. They have an intent in their walk and face--they're not just walking down the street, but up to you.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jan 31, 2014 7:28:53 PM

  21. It's hard out there for pink poodle owners.

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 1, 2014 12:56:27 AM

  22. We need an all new Gay Panic Defense, but this time it is for gays charged with crimes after they defended themselves from a marauding gang of Christians.

    "Your honor, I panicked because this brute started spewing homophobic insults and other religious notions."

    Posted by: Steve Rider | Feb 1, 2014 7:01:42 AM

  23. Don't blame the dog, or type of dog.

    Posted by: Armando | Feb 1, 2014 8:55:16 AM

  24. @steve rider. I like your thinking

    Posted by: Tristram | Feb 1, 2014 10:03:59 AM

  25. The myth of women getting along with the gays more than straight men crashes hard again...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 1, 2014 11:49:54 AM

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