Woman Brutally Beaten by Girlfriend’s Disapproving Brother, Family Says It’s Not a Hate Crime
Mallory Owens was severely beaten by the brother of her girlfriend, Alex Hawkins during a Thanksgiving dinner in Mobile, Alabama. Now, her family is calling on the Attorney General to charge him with more than second degree assault.
Mallory was beaten so severely by Travis Hawkins Jr. that she was admitted to the hospital with a broken nose, both eyes swollen shut, and so many lacerations and damage she needed facial reconstruction surgery. Travis was arrested and bailed out of jail later that day.
The Hawkins family is no stranger to issues with the law. According to records, Travis Hawkins Sr. shot his son last year, but Travis Jr. would not testify against his father.
According to a Facebook page created to spread Mallory’s story, she was released from the hospital yesterday and is recovering at home. Unfortunately, she does not have health insurance so the family is asking for donations to any Regions bank under her name.
Supporters and well-wishers of Mallory are asking the public to sign this petition to encourage the Alabama Attorney General to upgrade Travis’ charges to attempted murder. Although people from across the nation have signed the petition, it still needs 60,000 more signatures as of Tuesday night.
After being released from the hospital, Mallory spoke with the media and said, "A lot of things have happened between us, but it doesn’t make me hate her brother. I don’t hate her family at all, or anybody for that matter.”
Mallory’s girlfriend, Alex, claims the abuse was not a hate crime. “It’s not a hate crime at all. 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,” she told media.
According to Travis’ lawyer, he is now in hiding after receiving many death threats.