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Victim in Thanksgiving beating disavows statement released on her behalf

Thursday, December 6, 2012

MOBILE, Ala. — The attorney representing Mallory Owens, the Alabama woman who claimed that she was brutally beaten by her girlfriend’s brother on Thanksgiving Day, has quit without after Owens told a local television station that the statement released Friday on her behalf was mostly fiction.

Attorney Christine Hernandez said Tuesday that she was withdrawing as Owens’ counsel, and refused to disclose the specifics on why she was no longer working as her attorney.

Mallory Owens
Image via: WALA-TV

In the interview with WALA-TV, Owens said she neither knew about nor completely agreed with claims made in a statement released on her behalf by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) last week.

In that statement, Owens said her family was being followed by her alleged attacker, Travis Hawkins Jr., and that the Hawkins family was trying to intimidate her. Now Owens says she didn’t know about the statement until after it was released:

Owens said she did not write the statement. According to Owens, much of the information is false.

“The statement was released, and I didn’t know until after it was released. I think it’s things we had talked about, but I don’t know really,” Owens said.

She said her attorney wrote the letter and she agrees with “some of it”.

Also in the interview, Owens’ girlfriend Ally Hawkins claimed her brother attacked Owens’ because of couple’s involvement in drugs and prostitution. Those claims immediately caught the attention of Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich:

“Well, we are concerned with the allegation that they were engaging in criminal activity. And if the investigation reveals that they are still engaging in criminal activity, then charges can be brought, but we have no evidence of that at this point,” said Rich.

Rich also indicated that Hawkins’ comments seemed to confirm that the brutal beating was not based on the victim’s sexual orientation and therefore was not a hate crime.

“The motive for the beating was not as a result of the relationship that was going on between the victim and the defendant’s sister. So that (interview) confirmed to us, and should confirm to everyone, that this is not a hate crime,” said Rich.

Rich told local media outlets she is still moving forward with Hawkins Jr.’s initial charge.

“We are moving forward with the assault second degree charges we are anxiously awaiting the arraignment and the preliminary hearing and taking it to a grand jury,” said Rich.

Travis Hawkins Jr. was arrested on November 25 and charged with second-degree assault in Owens’ beating, which knocked her unconscious and sent her to the hospital with skull fractures and other injuries. He has been released on bail ahead of his first court date on December 10.

A spokesperson for GLAAD declined to comment when contacted about Owens’ participation in the statement released last week.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. I sure hope she broke up with her girlfriend who was raised in such a violent household

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:11pm
  2. Something is not right here.

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:23pm
  3. Getting curiouser and curiouser.

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:28pm
  4. I still don’t get the part about going to their house after previous abuse. Especially when the gf makes excuses for her abusive family. Run while you’re still alive.

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:28pm
  5. I was also beaten on thanksgiving. I stabbed my attacker in self defense. I thought he was going to kill me. He was a friend of mine with a masculinity issue. Read more at raytownonline.com.

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:30pm
  6. I wonder how much money people have already sent her to cover her medical bills? It is sounding more and more like a scam of some sort, and I hope people put their checkbooks down.

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:35pm
  7. Totally disgusting what her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s father did to her when she was right out to f the hospital, still reeling in pain and groggy from the medication. Black hearts, both of them.

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:38pm
  8. Honestly, I don’t care why it happened, who is at “fault” for any misunderstandings or mishaps. What pisses me off is…I remember the pictures of this girl when she was in the hospital right after being beaten up. Hate crime or not, you have to be seriously fucked up to inflict that kind of damage on a human being and regardless of his “reasoning” he sure as hell better not get off with a slap on the wrist. This girl has permanent damage to her face and head. He sure as hell pay the price for that.

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:06pm
  9. What a mess…

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11:12pm
  10. Something very fishy going on… This girl is in danger…

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:48am
  11. these people sound like a hot mess

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1:25am
  12. I guess he lacks the ability to take responsibility for his actions.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:03am
  13. Love makes you stupid, and lust makes you even more stupid.. Combine that with a brain injury, and that poor girl doesn’t know whether she’s coming or going. I had a skull fracture when I was 17, and I’ll be honest, about 3 years of my life are fuzzy to this day, a year before the accident, and 2 years after.. When I came back to myself, I was married to an abusive violent man, and wondered how I’d gotten in so deep.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:52am