Midwest City Woman Claims She Was Attacked For Being Gay

Friday, August 17th 2012, 6:53 pm
By: News 9

Kayla Elliott says she still has nightmares about what happened to her.

"And I just remember getting cut and bleeding everywhere," said Elliott, who is recovering at home. "I just remember falling down and thinking I'm about to die because I had never seen so much blood before in my life"

The 29-year-old woman used to play basketball for the University of Tulsa, and recently moved to the metro to live with her father. She says their upstairs neighbor is the one who attacked her, verbally and physically, all the while bashing her for her sexual orientation.

"And I was scared and just to have somebody on top of you telling you ‘you're going to die' and it's not nothing you've done to anybody it's just because you're gay," said Elliot.

Elliott had to have 18 stitches to close up the cut on her head. She also has several defensive wounds.

She says the upstairs neighbor attacked her at the Yorkshire Apartments near Air Depot and Reno.

Elliott says they got into a verbal argument first, and then the neighbor went upstairs, got a knife, hid behind one of the buildings, and then lunged at her and started slashing.

"And to have somebody doing that to you, I really thought I was going to die," she said.

Police arrested  38-year-old Camino Nicole Maxwell at the apartments across the street. Court documents reveal she admitted stabbing Elliot, but said Elliot attacked her, and that she acted in self-defense. But Elliot says that's not what happened.

"It's all because I don't look like everybody else. It's because I'm different. I know people are going to have their opinions, but that doesn't give you a right to put your hands on me," she said.

Now a Facebook page has been created called justice for Kayla to offer support and alert others about the attack.

"And just to see the community come together and everybody be so supportive, I mean it's really unreal." 

Maxwell is currently being held in the Oklahoma County Jail on an assault and battery charge. Her bond was set at $5,000. Maxwell has yet to be formally charged.

Elliott wants them to up the charges and considers what happened to be a hate crime. News 9 checked and sexual orientation is not protected under the state's hate crime statute.