Teens’ attorneys call attempted murder “staged”
Attorneys for three teens accused of trying to push a lesbian classmate off of a cliff are calling the incident “staged,” the Lexington Herald-Leader  reported.
Cheyenne Williams, 18, said three of her classmates kidnapped her, took her to picturesque Flat Lick Falls, and tried to push her over a cliff.
The attorneys for the three defendants dispute that story.
James Baechtold, who represents one of the teens, said Williams’ story contains “distinct falsehoods” the Herald-Leader reported. “There’s no merit to any of these allegations at all.”
The Kentucky Equality Federation, an LGBT advocacy group, told Williams they would support her potential lawsuit financially. The group also vowed to push to have the incident classified as a hate crime, which would mean tougher penalties if the teens are convicted.
A video that Williams took with her cell phone appears to be a key piece of evidence.
“I have seen the video and I will not comment on what it shows other than to say that is what I base my opinion on. It was staged performance and the alleged victim was a participant,” Sharon Allen Gray, an attorney for one of the defendants told KYMT .
A hearing Thursday is likely to reveal more details in the case.
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