The trial of three individuals accused of attacking a gay couple in Philadelphia last fall has been delayed as the defendants consider a plea deal from prosecutors.
Kevin Harrigan (26), Kathryn Knott (24), and Philip Williams (24) are charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, conspiracy and recklessly endangering another person. It was almost one year ago that we reported on the heinous assault that left one of the victims with a broken jaw.
After a judge granted the accused a continuance on Friday, allowing them more time to consider the plea deal, their trial was tentatively scheduled for September 17.
Philadelphia Gay News reports on the status of the plea deals:
The District Attorney’s Office has offered plea deals to all three, the details of which they have declined to make public. Prosecutor Michael Barry told PGN this week that “there are still some discussions regarding a non-trial disposition on going,” prompting the request for a continuance.
Meanwhile, attorneys for the defendants insist their clients “steadfastly maintain their innocence” even as they consider the deal from prosecutors, as The New Civil Rights Movement points out.