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ALABAMA: Lesbian Victim Of Brutal Beating Says It Was No Hate Crime

Alabama lesbian Mallory Owens, who spent much of the last week in the hospital after a brutal Thanksgiving beating at the hands of her girlfriend's brother, says that the attack on her was not a hate crime.
Mallory doesn't remember much from that night, but says being gay is not the reason she was attacked. "A lot of things have happened between us, but it doesn't make me hate her brother," said Owens. "I don't hate her family at all, or anybody for that matter." Her girlfriend Ally Hawkins is by her side. She says her brother's actions are not justified, but he had his own reasons for the attack. They are reasons that will be released when the time is right. "It's not a hate crime at all," said Ally Hawkins. "We both know the reason why this happened, and it doesn't make any excuses for him, I'm not defending him at all. I know why he was angry, and that will come out."
According to the above-linked report, the mother of the victim has requested that the district attorney upgrade the charges against Owens' attacker to attempted murder. (Tipped by JMG reader Russell and Paul)

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