Jury set to decide woman's role in attack on gay couple

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Philadelphia prosecutors say derogatory tweets from a young woman charged in an attack on a gay couple show her homophobic nature. (WPVI)

Philadelphia prosecutors say derogatory tweets from a young woman charged in an attack on a gay couple show her homophobic nature.

A jury is set to start deliberations Wednesday in the felony assault trial of 25-year-old Kathryn Knott of Southampton, Bucks County.

Knott is charged with shouting slurs and punching one of the victims as her friends left a birthday celebration in the city.

Two male co-defendants have pleaded guilty and received probation and a ban on coming to Center City.



Knott testified Tuesday that she tried to intervene and never punched or insulted the victims.

She admits to using anti-gay language in tweets about a bad hair day or a lame song.

The September 2014 attack left one victim hospitalized and prompted the city to add sexual orientation to its hate crime law.
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