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Witness: Pair Plotted to Kill Gay Man in Kentucky

by Brett Barrouquere
Thursday Oct 18, 2012

LONDON, Ky. - An eastern Kentucky man beaten in what prosecutors say was a hate crime says he leapt off the side of a mountain and dropped 20 feet to a ledge to escape his attackers.

Kevin Pennington told federal jurors Wednesday in London, Ky., that he didn't understand why Anthony Ray Jenkins and David Jason Jenkins kidnapped him and took him to a park to try to kill him.

The cousins are charged with kidnapping, assault and committing a hate crime. They have pleaded not guilty.

Government attorneys say this is the first U.S. prosecution charging a violation of the sexual orientation section of the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed in 2009.

Pennington testified that the Jenkinses shouted anti-gay slurs as they beat and stomped on him in 2011.

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  • Cristasphoto, 2012-10-18 14:50:57

    They probably were in their minds trying to cleanse the county...So sad.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-10-19 11:12:29

    Well, now they get to be big ole bottoms and pretend they object because they have no choice.

  • Cristasphoto, 2012-10-19 11:52:14

    Lol Jed. So true haha. We as a group need to advocate for our peeps in the rural south as well as the Middle East. Insha’Allah their WILL be time when ANY of us can walk and live ANYWHERE without fear. Freedom from fear is in our Constitution. Why don’t we enforce it?!

  • , 2012-10-19 12:07:10

    Well said. This is bad to say, but as a gay man, I hope they’re both brutally gang raped in prison. Karma is a bitch.

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