CRIME

2 of 3 defendants surrender to police to face charges in beating of gay couple in Philadelphia

  • Philip Williams, right, walks to a police station Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Katherine Knott are being charged with conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Philip Williams, right, walks to a police station Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Katherine Knott are being charged with conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS SPELLING OF KNOTT'S FIRST NAME TO KATHRYN INSTEAD OF KATHERINE - Philip Williams, right, walks to a police station Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Kathryn Knott are being charged with conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    CORRECTS SPELLING OF KNOTT'S FIRST NAME TO KATHRYN INSTEAD OF KATHERINE - Philip Williams, right, walks to a police station Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Kathryn Knott are being charged with conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS SPELLING OF KNOTT'S FIRST NAME TO KATHRYN INSTEAD OF KATHERINE - Philip Williams, right, accompanied by attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. walks to a police station Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Kathryn Knott are being charged with conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    CORRECTS SPELLING OF KNOTT'S FIRST NAME TO KATHRYN INSTEAD OF KATHERINE - Philip Williams, right, accompanied by attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. walks to a police station Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Kathryn Knott are being charged with conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

Two of the three suburban Philadelphia defendants being charged in the beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter on a Philadelphia street have turned themselves in to police.

Defense attorneys say 24-year-old Philip Williams and 24-year-old Katherine Knott turned themselves in Wednesday morning. Prosecutors say they face criminal conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment charges, as does 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan.

Williams' attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. told reporters Wednesday that the case was not related to anyone's sexual orientation. He said it was instead what he called a "mutual confrontation" in which his client "was not the aggressor." Knott's attorney said his client played no role in the confrontation.

The case gained attention when police posted a video of the well-dressed suspects and online sleuths used social media sites to help identify them.