During a family Thanksgiving dinner in Mobile, Ala., Travis Hawkins beat Mallory Owens (pictured at left), the girlfriend of his sister, Alex Hawkins.
Travis Hawkins did not approve of their lesbian relationship and allegedly pummeled Owens, reports the Daily Mail.
Owens was hospitalized for a broken nose and numerous injuries. Her eyes were swollen shut and she had to receive reconstruction surgery.
Travis Hawkins was arrested on Sunday and charged with second-degree assault.
Owens' mother Kristi Taylor told WKRG-TV: "He tried to kill her. He's lucky he didn't kill her. She's lucky to be alive. I didn't recognize her when I got here. It's hard to look at her like that. I did not want her to go, I begged her not to go, knowing how the family felt about her. But she said, 'They're trying to be nice.'"
Owens' sister Avery Godwin told AL.com that Travis Hawkins called her on Friday and said "that he would finish what he started last night with Mallory."
Earlier this year, Travis Hawkins allegedly hit Owens over the head with a pipe wrench, but no charges were filed.
In response to the latest incident, a Facebook group entitled 'Charge Travis Hawkins Jr. with the attempted murder of Mallory Owens' has gotten nearly 600 likes in less than a day.