PHILADELPHIA – 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.