Man involved in Greensboro hotel assault from last weekend dies

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Stephen Patrick White

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A man who was found beaten and burned at a hotel in Greensboro last weekend died on Saturday, according to police.

Stephen Patrick White, 46, died from injuries sustained in the attack. Garry Joseph Gupton, a 26-year-old Greensboro city employee, has been charged in the crime.

Police said the two met at a gay bar and left together and went to a hotel. Police have said that a fire broke out in the hotel room the men shared.

White was hospitalized with critical burn injuries and Gupton has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The charge could be upgraded.

Garry Joseph Gupton

Garry Joseph Gupton

About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police and firefighters raced to Battleground Inn, 1517 W. Wendover Terrace. When authorities arrived, they found flames and smoke pouring from a fourth-floor room.

First responders found White, of 1722 Aspenshire Drive, unconscious in the room, and suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. Police arrested Gupton, of 1312 Wiley Lewis Road, at the hotel.

Paramedics took White to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition. He died Saturday.

Police have said the attack does not appear to be a hate crime.