Lesbian couple charged after allegedly faking hate crime

Two Colorado women say ‘Kill The Gay’ was painted on their garage door 

Lesbian couple charged after allegedly faking hate crime
20 May 2012

A lesbian couple in Colorado who say they were victims of a hate crime have been charged after police were determined they staged the incidents.

Last October the two American women called the police and said ‘Kill The Gay’ had been scrawled in red paint on the front of their house.

The next day, the couple said they discovered a noose hanging on the handle from their front door.

When asked what could have triggered these actions, the women Aimee Whitchurch, 37, and Christel Conklin, 29, reportedly told officials it could be revenge from the neighbors for failing to pick up after their dogs.

Nearly eight months later authorities are now saying the women are responsible for staging the hate crime. The women have responded by pinning posters on their garage door, saying they will not ‘submit to hate’. 

The couple have been charged with both criminal mischief and false reporting, and Whitchurch faces an additional charge of forgery.

Whitchurch told 7News the sheriff’s office was wrong to charge them with false reporting, and has vowed to fight the allegations.

She said: ‘The only thing I can think is they didn’t like this thing public, I don’t know.’

Local news station Fox 31 said the women refused to take a lie detector test.

In an interview with the station, Whitchurch said: ‘It’s a betrayal. This is a government that’s supposed to protect us. People came out and pretended they were interested in what’s going on.

‘This is a fight I’m right on…I have every right to live where I want to live.’ 

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