In September 2014, a gay couple was attacked in Center City by a group of 20-somethings, and the story garnered national attention after social media users banded together to ID the suspects. Two of the three people charged in the assault pleaded guilty in exchange for probation and community service. They’ve also been banned from Center City. The third defendant, Kathryn Knott, was convicted in a trial and sentenced in early February 2016 to five to 10 months in prison, but she’s trying to get an early release.
A new lawyer argued the Bucks County woman’s sentence should match her co-defendants’; the judge wasn’t having it.
“People in Pennsylvania need to understand how far behind the state is,” said Ted Martin, executive director of Equality Pennsylvania.
The Bucks County woman who made national headlines was sentenced Monday in Philadelphia for her role in the beating.
Thanks to the immediacy of our timelines and the eagerness of amateur sleuths desperate to help, the public had already decided her fate long before a judge and jury saw the evidence.
Juror No. 4 took to Reddit to answer questions about the case.
Most of the jurors were “disturbed” by her testimony, and called it “embarrassing,” they told Billy Penn after some 18 hours of deliberations.
Knott, 25, of Bucks County, was charged by Philadelphia prosecutors along with two of her friends shortly after they were identified as suspects in the case that became widely known as the Center City gay bashing.
For about an hour Thursday morning, she’s has been denouncing violence against gays, and specifically referenced the Philadelphia trial.
Tim Perkins posted the public message on his Facebook last night, saying he is “a proud and active member of the LGBTQ+ community.”
Closing arguments ended Tuesday; deliberations begin in the morning, as the jury weighs charges of aggravated assault against the Bucks County woman.
Under questioning from her attorney Louis Busico, Knott said she didn’t hit, strike, or punch anyone, and never used the word “faggot.”
Statements changed, nobody recalled a gay slur, and one “didn’t know if” her later jaw pain “was a cavity or related to” the beating.
So what cracked the case? A detective on the stand explained during the trial’s third day.