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Philadelphia Gay-Bashing Case Delayed as Lawyers Haggle Plea Deal

Philadelphia Gay-Bashing Case Delayed as Lawyers Haggle Plea Deal


Lawyers for three suspects accused of attacking two gay men in Philly are haggling with prosecutors over the terms of a deal to avoid trial.

Three suspects accused in last year's gay-bashing attack of two men in Philadelphia asked for a continuance in court Thusrday, as their attorneys work out the terms of a plea agreement with the prosecution.

Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott. and Philip Williams will return to court September 17 to face charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and conspiracy.

Zachary Hess and Andrew Haught were walking in downtown Philadelphia in September 2014 when they passed a large group of people who began taunting them and acting aggressively. Egged on by the others, Harrigan, Knott, and Williams were caught on video attacking the gay men.

Haught was left with multiple broken bones and had to have his jaw wired shut for months as he recuperated.

Reports say the district attorney's office has offered all three alleged assailants' plea deals but has so far refused to make the details public. It is unknown whether the agreements would allow the three to avoid prison time and walk free.

Prosecutor Michael Barry told Philadelphia Gay News this week that the continuance request was granted because "there are still some discussions regarding a nontrial disposition ongoing."

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