APD in­ves­ti­gates if ‘queer’ NYE stab­bing sus­pect was also vic­tim

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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)

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