Jury Convicts Hawkins on Lesser Charge

Jury Convicts Hawkins on Lesser Charge

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MOBILE, Ala. -

Photos show the severity of the assault that landed Mallory Owens in the hospital last Thanksgiving. Today, 10 months later she's all healed up physically, but after today's verdict she was too emotional to speak.

"I think the jury's decision would have been different if they had known the violent history of this young man," SAID Ashley Rich, District Attorney for Mobile.

Her attacker, Travis Hawkins, was found guilty of a lesser charge, assault third degree, which is a misdemeanor.

"The law is that we couldn't admit any evidence of the prior issues that have transpired at that residence with that family," said Rich.

District attorney Ashley Rich says some of the past issues involve hawkins being shot by his own father - Hawkins beating another young man and a lengthy juvenile record.

Ally Hawkins testified on behalf of the state against her brother - crying uncontrollably at times . During testimony, defense attorney Jim Byrd questioned both partners about drug use and owens forcing ally into prostitution - which he says is the reason for her brother's violent attack. Still the state contends it's no reason to take the law into your own hands.

"So it's disappointing that the outcome was this. That's what the jury system is all about," said Hawkins.

And with a lesser sentence that allows a maximum of just one year in prison - Hawkins decided to appeal the charge.

"I can't imagine why anyone who has admitted that they have committed this horrific act would waste money and time and effort to appeal this through our court system. Move on, move on," said Hawkins.
Hawkins posted bond this afternoon for 3 thousand dollars. The judge initially sentenced him to serve 90 days in prison with 2 years probation. Rich says Ally and Mallory will continue their relationship, and is staying away from the Hawkins family.

 
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