Thursday, December 17, 2015

Jurors Have More Questions In Philly Gay Bashing Case

As the second day of deliberations began in the gay bashing case against accused homophobe Kathryn Knott, jurors had more requests and questions.

From Philly Voice:

The jury requested police statements given by Knott and Elizabeth Foley, a defense witnesses who was among Knott’s group of 15 people on the night of the incident.

However, Knott never gave a statement to police. Her attorney, Loius Busico, requested the jury not be told that information to “avoid the obvious inference of guilt.”

Common Pleas Judge Roxanne Covington agreed, saying the jury would be provided with an innocuous reason for not being provided with a statement from Knott, unless the jury pressed.

The Court of Common Pleas jury – comprised of eight women and four men – spent a full day deliberating Wednesday after receiving instructions from Covington. Despite reviewing videos shown throughout the trial and requesting police statements of the alleged victims and four witnesses, it did not reach a verdict.

It seems a bit odd to not tell the jury the truth about Knott giving police a statement. They're just going to make up "an innocuous reason?"

Knott is accused of taking part in a violent gay bashing last year that resulted in two men being hospitalized, one of whom had to have his broken jaw wired shut for months.

Knott's two pals who were also charged in the assault pled guilty.

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