More developments in the case of the horrific videotaped beating of a young gay Atlanta man. The man who repeatedly yelled "faggot" and other gay slurs at Brandon White was the person recording the assault ... and not one of the attackers, a defense attorney claims to the Associated Press.
Attorney Jay Abt said his client, Dorian Moragne, plans to plead not guilty. He would not say whether Moragne was at the scene of the beating. Abt also said that his client, Dorian Moragne, knew the man who was beaten and that the beating does not appear to be a hate crime.
"It appears from watching the video that the person yelling the homosexual slurs is someone who is not in the actual video, someone who is not being filmed," Abt said. He said Moragne plans to plead not guilty to aggravated assault and robbery charges stemming from the beating.
The violent video of the February 4 attack quickly went viral across the internet. The 20-year-old White could be seen leaving a store and ambushed by three young men. White's cell phone was stolen in the robbery/beating.
Moragne can be seen throwing a tire on White after he was kicked and knocked to the ground. No word yet if Abt also claims that did not happen ....
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the assault. Seventeen-year-old Darael Damare Williams surrendered to Pennsylvania authorities on Thursday. Williams is awaiting extradition. Moragne surrendered on Feb. 25. Eighteen-year-old Christopher Cain was arrested on February 11. All face charges of aggravated assault and robbery.
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.
Allegations surfaced last week that it was not a hate crime, and that White knew the attackers and hoped to "out" gang members on the "down low". Those stories are false and White did not know his assailants, according to White's attorney.
Several Black gay "activists" who previously stood by White later accused him of "lying" about the circumstances. The activists also met with defense attorney Abt and Moragne's mother on camera.
In a new interview with The GA Voice, one of the "activists"admits that he has "never personally met" Brandon White and apologized for his actions. Twenty-one-year-old Devin Barrington Ward blames his "youth and immaturity."
"This is a touchy subject in the LGBT community. Many people have told me they have been victims, their friends have been victims or their family members have been victims. I'm a young man and I made a mistake," Ward said. "I realize whether or not he knew the attackers, a crime occurred. I want full accountability [from the suspects] so we can get to a healing stage," he added.
Read the full interview HERE.
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