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Months of anti-gay slurs escalate into brutal attack on Oklahoma lesbian

By Jeremy Crites and Robin Dorner| The Gayly
Friday, August 17, 2012

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — An Oklahoma lesbian was attacked this week after months of anti-gay slurs and verbal harassment escalated into a brutal assault.

Kayla Elliott, 29, who has been caring for her sick father in the Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest City, said she has been harassed for months by a woman who resides in the apartment above her father.

But on Tuesday evening, those ant-gay slurs escalated into a vicious attack.

Kayla Elliott suffered a head wound requiring 18 stitches, and defensive wounds to both hands in the August 14 attack..

The woman, later identified as Camino Nicole Maxwell, allegedly initiated an altercation, calling Elliott a “dumb dyke” who “looks like a man” and threatened to “Jack up you and your dad.”

According to Christina Garcia, a friend of Elliott’s, Maxwell took a swing and initiated a physical altercation. After the fight had been broken up, Elliott retreated from the confrontation and into her father’s apartment.

Camino Maxwell

Later, after waiting inside for Maxwell to return home, Elliott ventured back out to retrieve a necklace that had fallen off during the fight, but before she could make it back to the apartment, Maxwell allegedly assaulted her with a knife, screaming, “I’m gonna kill you,” and “I’ll make you straight.”

After seeing the blood coming from Elliott’s head, witnesses called the police and separated the two.

Maxwell was arrested at the scene and taken into custody; she was held on $5,000 bond for probable cause of assault with a deadly weapon.

Maxwell, whose arrest record dates back to 1992 where she has multiple previous arrests for DUI, possession charges, actual physical control charges, and forcible entry, claimed she was acting in self-defense.

Elliott, who suffered a head wound and received 18 stitches, is petitioning the District Attorney’s office to elevate the current charge to attempted murder.

Editor’s Note: OKC Pride is raising funds to help Elliott with expenses related to this attack, both medical and legal. If you wish to help, contact OKC Pride at (405) 466-LGBT (5428), or email info@okcpride.org.

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  1. :( Terrible..

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:20pm
  2. that is simply awful.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:21pm
  3. MOFO tries to get at me like that there gonna get a face full of lead I’m always packing.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:23pm
  4. And yet everybody wants to stop bullying… UNLESS it’s bullying LGBT people. THEN it’s ok… I fucking hate the majority of the human race

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:24pm
  5. Sad thing is that the law won’t do shit until it escalates into this.. It’s fucking bullshit..

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:24pm
  6. so sad!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:24pm
  7. This is appalling! Enough is enough!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:25pm
  8. I’ll fuck those bitches up for her! People annoy me. I hope she’s better<3 But she'll be hurt mentally for a lifetime. That sucks. I wish I could help!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:25pm
  9. Sad thing is…in OK…this is not a hate crime.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:25pm
  10. So discusting people need to grow up andout of the old ways of thinking.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:26pm
  11. this is so sad, we have the right to love and be with whom we choose!!! send that bitch to texas, someone will handle her!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:27pm
  12. They need to up the charge! To attempted murder!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:27pm
  13. Horrible!!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:27pm
  14. FUCK.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:28pm
  15. Kayla, know we are behind you, and I am praying for you and your dad.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:28pm
  16. One question why is our government not enforcing the Matthew Shepard law? This is one reason why most openly gay people would be scared to leave their home.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:30pm
  17. Thats fucked up

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:30pm
  18. I guess people are so insecure and do not like quesitoning who they are, that they have destroy and kill anything that is not consider “their norm.”.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:30pm
  19. ok people need to chill the fuck out because that brutality is uncalled for~

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:32pm
  20. Breaks my heart to know she was simply there to care for her sick father, only to become an innocent victim of hate.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:32pm
  21. I don’t even know what to say about this. This is absolutely terrible.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:34pm
  22. WHY!????? What the HELL is wrong with people!?? Love and prayers going out for a speedy recovery. WAKE UP people!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:35pm
  23. OMG!!! some people are so f-ed up… this woman NEEDS to be charged with attempted murder… It’s just sickening…

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:38pm
  24. Red State idiocy! Spreading like wild fire! Hate! Promoted 24/7 on Fox networks pseudo news lie factory! #1 programs for racist white uneducated right wing ideologies that use religion to justify there inexcusable ignorance & bigotry! I’m from OK! I’m not talking outta my a*s here!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:40pm
  25. This is My greatest fear…

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:41pm
  26. You and me both!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:42pm
  27. That’s so fucked up!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:48pm
  28. shared this, I am soo sorry for this woman. My prayers and heart goes out to her, may Goddess bless, heal and keep her. I hit like only so everyone here can see this link

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:49pm
  29. very disturbing..hope elliot gets jusftice,an maxwell a lot of time an karma,trying to kill someone is wronbg in any way you look at it!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:51pm
  30. My thoughts and prayers are with Kayla and her family..so sad to read this. Kayla is a strong woman I bet and will heal and get all the love and support and justice she deserves!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  31. Just fucking sickening, UGGGH I hope she stays in jail!!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:05pm
  32. unfortunately ann was right, here in okc, they’ll find some short term sentence. they don’t believe in hate crimes.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:07pm
  33. and these people call themselves christians? whether they accept it or not these are still human beings. These so-called “christians” better remember how it was back in Roman times. Because People in Midwest City, OK are lucky I’m not there. Because the people that did this would be getting their asses kicked! Yeah and Midwest City, what their too fucking stupid to come up with a better name for the town fucking asses!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:12pm
  34. It’s a real shame that anyone who is different is a target for this type of thing, sad that you have to fear for your life at every second because this happens far too often everywhere and many times this is not taken as seriously as it should. i can only hope that people start standing up to these sort of things and help set laws to protect people of the LGBT community, if not people will continue to think they can do crimes such as this and nothing will be done about it because society don’t care enough. this person should be locked away for a while and it would seem she had criminal history before this so no mercy for evil,vile scum like that period.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:20pm
  35. :-(

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:24pm
  36. That is completely uncalled for!!! Sure Have your opinions but leave innocent people alone hate is never the anwser! Prayers to her and her family <3

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:25pm
  37. this is just terrible and heartbreaking. she didn’t do anything to deserve this.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 11:39pm
  38. OMG and do you people are that are full of HATE think this is the answer Hevenly Father be with your child today tommorow and forever.Forgive the attacker in our hearts but the system needs to handle this make an example out of this HATEFUL person who did this.This angers me to no end 5000 $ what a joke,my Grandaughter was under a 35,000 bond just for saying something in court,defending me because she thought 2 girls that she knew were gonna walk away free after vandalizing my car.She had every right to Folks the system is so wrong,to serious over small things.This attack is nonsense and that (I would say Lady,but that’s not what she is)thug,whimp and low life should be punished to the max.Now I’m not one for protesting but if she isn’t handle correctley the people should rise up and make an example for her them selves.God save your children I pray in your precious name.

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 2:53am
  39. This is ridiculous and disgusting..

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 3:07am
  40. Stonewall II is approaching as good folks are being pushed to their limits!

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 3:42am
  41. I think we need a LGBT version of the IRA. I’m just saying. Dont let people harass you for months; it makes them feel strong and want to escalate things.

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 4:03am
  42. Are you really mad? Help Kayly out with a few bucks – it’s legit; it’s through OKC Pride: http://www.causes.com/actions/1675352

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 5:29am
  43. that so fuck up

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 6:15am
  44. I’m praying for you, Kayla. I hope you recover quickly and I also hope this woman gets charged with attempted murder. Release the hate, people, we’re human beings, just like Jesus Christ was.

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 7:28am
  45. Get Well kayla

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 9:40am
  46. :n(

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 10:35am
  47. Blessings & prayers go out to Kayla, may you heal asap and hope you can get help if you end up with PTSD…

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 2:08pm
  48. Mother Fuckers!!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 3:52pm