MOBILE, AL – A teen in Alabama has been accused of beating the crap out of his sister’s girlfriend after Thanksgiving dinner, because he did not approve of their relationship.
Even though 23-year-old Mallory Owens has had a rocky relationship with her girlfriend’s family, she told her mother they were trying to be nice and had invited her over to eat Thanksgiving dinner.
Alley Hawkins’s family were trying to accept her year long, homosexual relationship with Owens, but her brother wasn’t having it. Travis Hawkins Jr. had already assaulted Owens once before, when he knocked her upside the head with a pipe wrench. She was injured, but no charges were ever filed.
This latest run-in with Hawkins Jr. ended with Owens looking like she stopped a car with her face. It happened after dinner, just as Owens was leaving the family’s mobile home. That’s when her family says she was blindsided by Hawkins Jr., who delivered a series of punches to Owens’ face.
These punches resulted in Owens being taken to the hospital suffering from multiple skull fractures and crushed facial bones. Aside from being left unrecognizable (warning: kinda graphic pic), she will require facial reconstruction surgery to repair, including having metal plates put in her cheek bones.
Hawkins Jr. was arrested on Sunday, charged with second-degree assault, and bonded out of jail shortly after. For Owens family, that’s simply not enough. “I want him behind bars for life,” said her sister. “”He should’ve been charged with attempted murder.”
Mobile’s District Attorney Ashley Rich says that currently, they have charged Hawkins Jr. with the only charges they can under the law.
Rich says she has no reason to call the assault a hate crime at this point in the investigation, but it isn’t like it would matter much. Alabama is one of 26 other states that do not include sexual orientation among bias offenses.
This isn’t the first time Rich has been involved with the Hawkins family. She tried to prosecute Hawkins’ father, Travis Hawkins Sr., in January 2011. The elder Hawkins was charged with first-degree domestic violence after he shot his son in the chest during an argument. The case was dropped when Hawkins Jr. refused to testify.
Owens has no health insurance and is already looking at mounting medical bills as a result of her injuries. If you’d like to help out, a fund I have not verified has been set up in her name at any Regions Bank.Tags: Alabama, Assault, Crime, Gay, Hate Crime, Mallory Owens, Thanksgving, Travis Hawkins