Penn. police chief’s daughter and friends will stand trial on charges of attacking gay couple
A Philadelphia judge ruled on Tuesday that a Pennsylvania police chief’s daughter and two friends will stand trial for allegedly attacking a gay couple, the Associated Press reported.
“I think this court knows, it’s going to be an interesting trial,” Assistant District Attorney Mike Barry said. The defendants, 24-year-old Kathryn Knott, 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan, and 24-year-old Philip Williams are free on bail but must return to court on Jan. 6.
The defendants are accused of felony assault and conspiracy in connection with a Sept. 11 confrontation with 28-year-old Zachary Hesse and his partner, Andy Haught. The defendants surrendered to police later that month after being identified through social media as the case began to gain national attention.
According to Philadelphia Magazine, Hesse testified on Tuesday that the incident began when he and Haught ran into a group of between 8 and 10 people. Harrigan, he said, asked, “Is that your f*cking boyfriend?”
“I said, ‘Yeah, that is my f*cking boyfriend. Do you have a problem with that?'” Hesse testified. At that point, he said, Harrigan asked him if he was “a dirty f*cking fa*got.”
“I approached him and said, ‘Maybe I am a dirty f*cking fa*got,'” Hesse said. “He pushed me, I pushed him.”
Hesse, who suffered two broken cheekbones and a broken jaw in the incident, testified that Harrigan hit him, while Knott also called him a “f*cking fa*got” and “smacked or hit” him in the head.
Less than a month after the incident, ABC News reported that Knott, whose father is Chalfont Township Police Chief Karl Knott, was fired from her job as an emergency room technician.
Kathryn Knott’s employment at Abington Health was terminated after her online activity — which included homophobic and racist remarks, as well as boasts suggesting special treatment from her father — came to light.