Thursday, December 6, 2012
After Telling Mobile Alabama Fox Affiliate Her Written Statement Was False, Mallory Owens Loses Legal Council; Thanksgiving Day Victim Of Assault Continues To Make Conflicting Statement Regarding Motive
Another update on a previous post: In Mobile, Alabama, the attorney representing Mallory Owens, 23, has withdrawn her counsel after Owens told a FOX10 reporter the statement released Friday on her behalf contained mostly fiction. Attorney Christine Hernandez said she was withdrawing her counsel on Tuesday, the day after the FOX10 interview. Hernandez would not go into specifics on why she was no longer working as Owens' attorney. According to witnesses, Owens was beaten after dinner on Thanksgiving Day at her girlfriend's parents' house. Her attacker was Travis Hawkins Jr., 18, who has been charged with second-degree assault. The motive for the attack was thought to be anti-gay bias. Owens told FOX10 on Monday she neither did not know about nor completely agree with claims made in a statement released by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Among those claims Owens said her family was being followed by Hawkins and the Hawkins family was trying to intimidate her. Since the statement was released and after a brief break-up, friends said Owens has gotten back together with her girlfriend, Ally Hawkins. The 20-year-old is Travis Hawkins Junior’s sister. Owens' family did not return calls seeking comment, but her mother and sister have grieved publicly on social media sites. "My sister left me and my family for someone else and theirs," Avery Godwin, Owens' sister, wrote on Facebook. "I've never felt this pain ever in my life." Godwin and Kristi Taylor, Owens' mother, posted photos of Owens' 5-year-old son on social media as well. "He's the most precious little boy," Godwin wrote. "He misses his mommy." 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.