A D.C. Superior Court jury on May 8 convicted a 21-year-old lesbian and her twin brother of aggravated assault while armed, which was listed as a hate crime, for an October 2013 attack that caused a gay male victim to suffer facial bone fractures and a broken wrist.
The verdict followed a two-week-long trial in which defendant Christopher Lucas testified that his sister and co-defendant, Christina Lucas, is a lesbian and he would never target someone for an anti-gay attack.
A law enforcement source familiar with the case said Christina Lucas, who did not testify at the trial, told police in a videotaped interview shortly after her arrest that she’s a lesbian and could not rightfully be accused of engaging in an anti-gay attack.
Court records show that Superior Court Judge Yvonne Williams scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 9.
During the trial, government witnesses testified that the Lucases along with a group of other men approached the victim about 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2013 after the victim and two female friends left a party at a rooming house on the 2800 block of Sherman Ave., N.W.
“The male victim was knocked over on the sidewalk and punched and stomped multiple times by the Lucases and others in the group,” a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. “Christina Lucas had an object in her hand and used it to cut the victim’s face while he was lying on the sidewalk,” the statement says.
A police arrest affidavit says a witness told police that the assault followed a verbal altercation that began when Christina Lucas approached the male victim and called him a “faggot motherfucker.”
The witness, a woman who was with the male victim at the time, told police that Christopher Lucas punched her in the face when she “attempted to intercede” to assist the male victim, the affidavit says.
“The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) was called, and the defendants fled,” the U.S. Attorney’s statement says. “The victim was treated at a hospital for facial fractures and lacerations,” it says. The police affidavit says the male victim also suffered a fractured wrist.
“The victim has a permanent scar beneath his eye as a result of the cut,” the U.S. Attorney’s statement says. “Both defendants were later arrested pursuant to arrest warrants. The object in Christina Lucas’s hand during the assault was never recovered.”
The trial record shows that the jury convicted Christopher Lucas on an additional charge of simple assault for punching the woman who tried to intercede on the male victim’s behalf during the assault.
The law enforcement source, who spoke on condition of not being identified, said Christopher Lucas created a stir in the courtroom when he testified that he did not consider the word “faggot” to be a derogatory term against gay people.
“He was asked specifically have you ever heard the term faggot,” the source said. “He said yes. “What does it mean to you,” the source quoted one of the prosecutors as asking. “Happy,” the source quoted Christopher Lucas as saying.
“Is that all it means…does it mean anything else?” the source quoted the prosecutor as saying. “No,” replied Lucas, according to the source. “So if you called me a faggot outside these doors all that would mean is that I was happy? Yes,” the source recounted of the exchange between Lucas and the prosecutor.
According to the source, several jurors broke out laughing upon hearing Lucas’s answer to that question.
In her videotaped interview, Christina Lucas appeared to be defending herself against a hate crime charge by insisting she could not be accused of such a crime because she herself was gay, according to the source.
“She asserted that she was a lesbian and therefore she would never hate gay people,” said the source.
Yet in the same statement, the source said, Christina Lucas referred to the victim as “faggy.”
Courtney Vaughan, Christina Lucas’s attorney, didn’t immediately respond to calls seeking comment. Adgie O’Bryant Jr., the attorney representing Christopher Lucas, declined to comment.
William Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said his office could not comment beyond what it released in its statement on April 8 because the case was still pending until completion of the sentencing.
Neither D.C. police, including the department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, nor the U.S. Attorney’s Office disclosed that the incident occurred prior to the time of the jury verdict on May 8. It could not immediately be determined whether police informed local LGBT organizations of the incident.