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Two Defendants In Beating Take Plea Deal

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(credit: Photo courtesy of Mantonie Byrd)

(credit: Photo courtesy of Mantonie Byrd)

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) — Two men accused in the videotaped beating of a gay man on an Atlanta street corner that was captured in a widely viewed video have pleaded guilty to the charges against them as their trial was set to begin.

Javaris Bradford, Dorian Moragne, Christopher Cain and Darael Williams are charged with robbery, aggravated assault and participation in criminal street gang activity in the Feb. 4 incident. Moragne and Williams have pleaded guilty to charges.  They could face up to 75 years in prison.

Gay slurs are heard on the video as three men punch and kicked Brandon White, and one man slams a tire on him. The lawyer for Dorian Moragne, also told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his client would face a federal hate crime charge in the incident. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the possibility of federal charges.

A plea deal for Christopher Cain, 19, was delayed today and the fourth suspect, Javaris Bradford, 24, who allegedly taped the beating, remains at large.

After the court proceedings, White said he “feels good” about the latest developments but it was strange to actually see the faces of his attackers.

The trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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