The violent video of the February 4 attack quickly went viral across the internet. Twenty-year-old Brandon White could be seen leaving a store and ambushed by three young men who repeatedly called him a "faggot." White's cell phone was stolen in the robbery/beating.
Allegations surfaced late last week that the phone stored incriminating video evidence to "out" gang members on the "down low". Those stories are false, White's attorney tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"Brandon White did not know his attackers," his attorney, Christine Koehler, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The thought that we would watch a video that speaks for itself, and somehow flip it so that the men that beat my client are somehow victims of fraud is frustrating," she said. "Brandon stands by his assertion that he doesn’t know these gentlemen. It’s irrelevant because they won’t be prosecuted by a hate crime law that does not exist in Georgia."
One of the "activists" who accused White of lying is now backtracking, reports The GA Voice.
Devin Barrington Ward, who also was quoted on CBS saying that White should "come forward to right his wrong," said he was only responding to information that CBS presented to Change Atlanta. "We merely commented on information CBS brought to us. I guess that information came from Gary Nichols who said that there was a prior relationship [between White and his attackers]," Ward said in an interview today.
Accusing Brandon White of lying based on a news report? Meeting with the attackers' attorneys and family before an indictment or trial? With friends like these ...
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the assault. Seventeen-year-old Darael Damare Williams surrendered to Pennsylvania authorities on Thursday. Nineteen-year-old Dorian Moragne surrendered on Feb. 25. Eighteen-year-old Christopher Cain was arrested on February 11. All face charges of aggravated assault and robbery. Williams is awaiting extradition from Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta and Federal Bureau of Investigation have joined the case. The suspects may face federal hate crimes charges because Georgia is one of only five states without a hate crimes law.
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