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.