APD investigates if ‘queer’ NYE stabbing suspect was also victim
The Atlanta Police Department is investigating if Luke O’Donovan, 19, was a victim in the fight in which he and five others were stabbed in the early morning of New Year’s Day. Currently, O’Donovan faces five felony charges of aggravated assault, but his friends say he was fighting back against a “queerbashing.”
At press time, O’Donovan’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16. Visit www.thegavoice.com for updates.
At his first hearing before a magistrate judge after he was arrested, O’Donovan was denied bond.
O’Donovan has not spoken to officers with the Atlanta Police Department about his case, said Noah Pines, his attorney.
“It is my understanding a separate detective has been assigned to investigate this case with Luke being the victim, which he was in this case,” Pines said. “He had at least five people attacking him.”
Officer Kim Jones, spokesperson for APD, confirmed a detective is working on whether O’Donovan was a victim in the incident. Police also continue to investigate the case with O’Donovan as the defendant.
His friends and supporters, who have named themselves the Support Luke Defense Committee and started a website letlukego.com, have called the incident a “queerbashing.” They have also set up an account seeking donations to help pay for O’Donovan’s legal fund.
They maintain that O’Donovan was defending himself from a group of homophobic men who were angered by him dancing with and kissing men at the New Year’s party held at 239 Gibson St. in Reynoldstown.
“Luke is queer, which means he refuses a stable sexual identity,” according to a press release from his supporters. O’Donovan does have a girlfriend.
An Atlanta Police report released Jan. 3 states that witnesses told officers a fight broke out among five or six men on Jan. 1 “over a discussion regarding sexuality.”
Luke O’Donovan faces five felony charges of aggravated assault, but supporters say he was defending himself against a ‘queerbashing.’ (Photo via LetLukeGo.com)