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|Third attacker in anti-gay assault to appear in court June 11|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|June 07, 2012 15:53|
Christopher Cain, one of the attackers in the brutal assault of a gay man, will appear Monday, June 11, in Fulton Superior Court to charges related to the assault. He is listed on the plea and arraignment calendar, according to a spokesperson from the Fulton District attorney's office.
Two of the other attackers pleaded guilty on May 29 to being part of a gang as well as the attack of Brandon White, 20, on Feb. 4.
A video of the the assault in the Pittsburgh community of southwwest Atlanta in which the attackers repeatedly called White "faggot" went viral after it was uploaded to a hip hop website.
Cain was expected to also plead guilty on May 29 but his attorney was unable to make it to court due to an illness in the family, according to Greg White, an advocate for White who is working with prosecutors. He said he has been told Cain will plead guilty.
Two of the other attackers, Dorian Moragne, 19, and Dareal Demare Williams, 18, pleaded guilty on May 29 in Fulton County Superior Court. Sentencing hearing will be held in July and the men face up to 15 and 20 years on each of four counts.
At the plea hearing on May 29, prosecutor J. Gabriel Banks said the crime beating was initiated after Cain claimed White made a sexual advance toward him.
"If this case were to go to trial the court would prove that the victim was walking to 'The Pink Store' with a friend to get something to eat. They passed these defendants [Moragne and Williams] and the codefendants. At some point … Mr. Cain believed Mr. White made a sexual advance against him. Mr. white has firmly said no he did not,” Banks said.
“The sexual advance toward Cain led to Cain being offended. Cain got upset as Mr. White exited the store and struck him from behind. These two defendants [Moragne and Williams] began to hit stomp and kick Mr. White," Banks added.
Moragne was also identified as the person who threw a tire on White as he was on the ground trying to shield himself from the constant blows.
“It is important to note that was all being videotaped as they all said, 'No faggots in Jack City,” Banks said. “Clearly in the state's view this is a hate crime.”
The attackers claimed at one time they knew White but White has consistently said he did not know them.
A fourth suspect has not yet been captured by police.
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