Jury Set to Decide Woman’s Role in Attack on Gay Couple


Kathryn Knott mugshot

 

MARY CLAIRE DALE | Associated Press | South Florida Gay News | December 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anti-gay tweets from a young woman charged in an attack on a gay couple show the homophobic views that fueled her actions, a Philadelphia prosecutor argued Tuesday in a case that led the city to expand its hate crime law.

Kathryn Knott, the daughter of a suburban police chief, is charged with taking part in an attack that left one man hospitalized with a broken jaw. She testified for about an hour Tuesday and denied shouting slurs or striking either victim.

Knott, 25, said she moved toward the fray to try to intervene.

“Does she want to get involved in a fight with four men, all bigger than her?” defense lawyer Louis Busico argued Tuesday before a courtroom packed with supporters for both the defendant and the victims.

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