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New Year’s stabbing suspect released on $35,000 bond

Luke O'Donovan, 19, charged in the stabbing of several people at a New Year's party, is set to be released today or tomorrow on a $35,000 bond. 

The bond was set today in Fulton Magistrate Court. O'Donovan did not appear in the courtroom but some 25 of his family and friends gathered at the courthouse to show support. When they learned of his release from O'Donovan's attorney Greg Schwarz, they cheered in the hallway outside the courtroom.

His friends, who started a website and fundraising campaign, say O'Donovan was a victim of a "queerbashing.”

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Atlanta police investigate if queer stabbing suspect was also victim in New Year’s fray

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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 sits in the Fulton County Jail without bond facing five felony charges of aggravated assault, but his friends say he was fighting back against a “queerbashing.”

O'Donovan's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, and is one of hundreds of cases on the docket.

"Wednesday is the preliminary hearing and hopefully we will have a chance to seek bond at that time," said Noah Pines, attorney for O'Donovan.

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Website goes up in support of stabbing suspect

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Supporters of Luke O'Donovan, 19, who faces five charges of aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing several men at a New Year's party, have set up a website and issued a statement that O'Donovan was a victim of homophobia.

From the website:

The motivations of the attack on Luke seem to originate in the fact that he had been seen dancing with and kissing other men earlier at the party. Luke was repeatedly insulted with homophobic slurs throughout the night. The men who attacked Luke are known to have exhibited homophobic language and behavior in the past. Luke was called a faggot during the fight. This provides clear evidence that the attack on Luke was in some way motivated by homophobia and perpetrated by multiple men while Luke was alone.

An Atlanta Police report released to the GA Voice Thursday states that a fight broke out in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 "over a discussion regarding sexuality" that allegedly led to several men being stabbed.

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Police report: New Years stabbings started with ‘discussion regarding sexuality’

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An Atlanta Police report released today states that witnesses told officers a fight broke out among five or six men on Jan. 1 "over a discussion regarding sexuality" that allegedly led to several men being stabbed.

Arrested in the incident that occurred at a New Year's Eve party was Luke O'Donovan, 19. He was also stabbed several times during the fight and treated at Atlanta Medical Center before he was transported to Fulton County Jail, according to the report.

O'Donovan faces five charges of aggravated assault and remains behind bars. A Facebook page has been set up in support of O'Donovan.

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[Updated] New Year’s Eve stabbing provoked by anti-gay slur?

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Atlanta police are investigating whether the 19-year-old man accused of stabbing five people at a New Year's Eve party in the Atlanta neighborhood of Reynoldstown may have been the target of an anti-gay slur during a confrontation at the late-night celebration.

The suspect is identified by Atlanta police as Luke O'Donovan. The stabbing occurred sometime after 3 a.m. on New Year's Day at 239 Gibson St., Atlanta Police Department Spokesperson Carlos Campos told GA Voice today.

In total, six were injured, including O'Donovan. Several of the victims were transported to local hospitals, Campos added.