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Family says Thanksgiving beating of lesbian was a ‘hate crime’

Monday, November 26, 2012

MOBILE, Ala. — An Alabama man has been charged with second-degree assault for brutally beating a woman because she is in a relationship with his sister and he does not approve.

Mallory Owens
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Travis Hawkins Jr.

Travis Hawkins, Jr., 18, was booked into Mobile, Ala., jail on Sunday after turning himself in to authorities for the Thanksgiving Day assault on 23-year-old Mallory Owens. Hawkins bonded out the same day.

Owens, who suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones, said says she was beat on Thanksgiving while at her girlfriend’s family’s house for dinner. Avery Godwin, Owens’s sister, said Owens was blindsided just before she left the Mobile home of the Hawkins family, reported AL.com.

Now, Owens’ family members and supporter are seeking justice, and said charges should be upgraded to attempted murder.

Owens’ family is calling the assault a hate crime and said they cannot believe that Hawkins is walking free, reported WKRG-TV.

Owens is recovering from her injuries at USA Medical Center in Mobile — her face was badly beaten, her nose was broken, and she had to have reconstructive surgery on her face.

Godwin said she has heard from Hawkins only once since the attack, when she said he called and threatened her. The threats included a promise “that he would finish what he started last night (the night after the attack) with Mallory.”

Travis Hawkins, Sr., the suspect’s father, said the family has hired an attorney.

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  1. OMG! :’0(

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:57pm
  2. THIS IS TERRIBLE :’(

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:57pm
  3. why is he not being charged for a hate crime??

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:58pm
  4. Big brave man!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:58pm
  5. This girl is someone I know but it took me forever to realize that because she is beaten so badly its hard to recognize her

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:58pm
  6. OMG… I am so sad!!! This breaks my heart!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:59pm
  7. What a fucking asshole!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:59pm
  8. I don’t care if people think that being gay is wrong. I’m just really sick of all the hatred that gets shown towards it. Again I say that sexual orientation is not a choice. Attitude, however, is a choice.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:01pm
  9. Damn right it was!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:02pm
  10. Fucking terrible… IT amazes me this guys out free walking around.. If he would have beaten her anymore she would have been dead! What are they waiting for?! For him to attack another lesbian/gay person again and actually kill them before they do justice?! Bullshit. HIs ass needs to be put away for attempted murder.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:02pm
  11. This is just sick. Where is the justice here?

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:03pm
  12. Absolutely gutless that one person could do this to another person simply because of their sexuality.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:03pm
  13. He needs locked up for a long, long time.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:06pm
  14. he is proud of his weight lifting too per his FB pg

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:07pm
  15. Im speechless. …only a hateful vile human being would do something like this. I hope this doesnt get brushed under the rug by authorities,like so many other hate crimes. These people need to know its absolutely not ok to hurt ANYONE for any reason ever. Shit like this shouldn’t be happening. Ugh.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:08pm
  16. If i were the judge id send him to the front of death row

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:08pm
  17. what a coward to beat a woman, shows what kind of man he is

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:09pm
  18. This made me cry for her. My prayers going up for her and her family! God please help her pain and show this guy and his family that what he did is not your will and let his wrong doings fill his heart with shame for his hate. I wish no body harm on him only justice be done the courts should make an example out of him to let people know this is NOT ok and will NOT be tolerated!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:12pm
  19. Poor girl!! Hope that asshole gets what he deserves!!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:15pm
  20. This is heart crushing.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:17pm
  21. Instead of jail I prefer a psych-ward or sentence to the same beating he gave her in results of what it feels like to beat up a lesbian like that.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:18pm
  22. He is a coward and an animal

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:23pm
  23. This is disgusting…he should be put under the jail….Mallory your in my prayers

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:24pm
  24. I am echoing a lot of people keep this asshat in prison but please keep us informed about this young womans condition. Personally I dont like the girlfriend and her families silence.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:25pm
  25. why the hell is this man out of jail. are u kidding me second degree assault, this was a brutal attack shes lucky he didnt kill her. the justice system in this country is pathetic, people do more time for having recreational weed. i to think he should be tried for a hate crime, along with attempted murder.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:26pm
  26. This is sick!!..the charges should be upgraded for sure!!..his own family should drop his ass back to the police station!!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:27pm
  27. I agree with william and pamela..we need to stand up and stop this abuse and bulling in the gay communities …through out the states..and the world…

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:30pm
  28. it is sick, and appalling. alabama, however, is politically disinterested in most minorities. part of me hates to say this here, but if mallory had been black or hispanic we would never have heard about it at all. doubt many who live down there think this is a crime at all. that’s what’s really sick. that whole sections of this country think this sort of thing isn’t a crime at all.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:30pm
  29. aawwh. Iwould stand up against the Violent guy Tell him Bish!,This ant right at all for doing this to a woman ,Violence wouldn’t solve hes anger or hes problem against her for being her,what ever was going threw hes head,hes must be messed in the head..not cool.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:32pm
  30. : (

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:34pm
  31. Send the beater to prison and have the violence of prison take care of him!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:37pm
  32. Wicked and mean man….throw the book at him and then come to Louisiana and get my brother!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:41pm
  33. CAll the district attorney’s office!! Demand this man charged with attempted murder. http://www.mobileda.org/

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:56pm
  34. it was a hate crime the person who did this should be placed in jail forever

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:58pm
  35. omg this is horrible, he looks like a fucking waste of air and a frickin punk, i hope she recovers and i hope the family can push for a more harsh sentence. i mean my god he beat her within an inch of her life.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 4:12pm
  36. Alabama hasn’t changed much.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 4:13pm
  37. Awful. Heinous. There is so much WRONG with the guy who did this…

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 4:14pm
  38. Praying for justice…..

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 4:41pm
  39. If i had a child and he/she did this to someone out of dislike for their sexuality, or out of pure hatred i wouldnt hire an attorney. what’s wrong is wrong. I understand that Hawkins’ parents love him and want to protect him, but he needs to learn a lesson. He did the crime and should do the time. I’m not talking 18months. If it were up to me he wouldn’t see the light of day until he is 28 (in 10 years)

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 4:56pm
  40. Sad, fear causes the insecure to strike out instead of reach out.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 4:57pm
  41. I view this as a HATE CRIME, and everyone should. WHY didn’t this THANKSGIVING FAMILY come to the aid of this woman being savagely beaten by one of their own family members? It is UNCONSCIONABLE and DESPICABLE! WE THE PEOPLE must put a STOP TO THIS!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 5:44pm
  42. Omg this is unbelievable! What do we have to do?!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 6:21pm
  43. Hate crime? You think?!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 6:23pm
  44. Alabama and most of the southern states are still in the Dark Age!!! They never got over the fact that they lost the war. Don’t forget this is Hillbilly country where they marry each other…he probably wants his sister to marry his cousin Billy Bob.
    Prosecute his skinny white ass to the full extend of the law. Gosh I hope he gets locked up and Bubba will fuck him up or have his ass in prison.

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 6:43pm
  45. ASHAME!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 8:00pm
  46. :n(

    Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 9:53pm
  47. Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 10:38pm
  48. I can’t believe people are still having this much hatred about someone’s sexuality.. I don’t see anywhere in that as to why he should not be locked up and waiting for his sentence.. It was obviously begun as a hate crime and went into attempted murder. Not to mention is a man (well boy by his actions) putting his hands on a woman, isn’t that something your FATHER is supposed to teach you not to do. SO many small minded people in this world! I don’t understand.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 1:39am
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    Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 3:36am
  50. I came to this page to see if you were all aware of this.
    It is an embarrassment to us that have to live here in Alabama..
    Those of us that actually give a damn, we are trying to do what we can. If you have a moment, please add your voice to this cause. Thank you!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/mobile-county-alabama-prosecutor-bring-travis-hawkins-jr-to-justice

    Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 9:11am