A Philadelphia jury deliberated for about four hours Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the trial of Kathryn Knott, the Bucks County woman accused of participating in an assault last year on a gay couple in Center City.
Knott, 25, of Southampton, was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, and one count of conspiracy. She was one of three people charged in the Sept. 11, 2014, assault on Zachary Hesse, 29, and Andrew Haught, 28, on Chancellor Street near 16th.
The Common Pleas Court panel of eight women and four men on Wednesday asked to see a copy of the charges, all the videos that had been entered as evidence, and copies of statements by witnesses, including from two women who were waiting for a bus about 10:30 p.m. when they saw part of the encounter, and from a man who saw it from a third-floor apartment on Chancellor. They also wanted copies of the victims' statements.
Knott had been in a group of 15 people, seven women and eight men, who fought with the couple after one of the men, Kevin Harrigan, called Hesse and Haught an antigay slur.
Hesse testified that Harrigan and others punched him. He said he saw Knott come toward him with an open hand, and he closed his eyes and was hit. Prosecutors say other witnesses backed that up.
The defense contends Knott did not punch anyone or yell antigay slurs.
Haught was seriously injured by another person in Knott's group, Philip Williams. In October, Williams, 25, of Warminster, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy; Harrigan, 27, of Warrington, pleaded guilty to simple assault and conspiracy. Both were sentenced to probation and community service, ordered to pay restitution, and banned from entering Center City during their probation.
The jury will resume deliberations Thursday.