Garry Joseph Gupton, 26, of Greensboro, has been charged in connection with the attack.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The man charged with the brutal beating and death of a Greensboro man appeared in court today, having his case continued into the new year.

Garry Gupton, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 9 death of Stephen White, 46. Gupton and White had met each other at Chemistry Nightclub, a local gay bar, returning to a hotel room at the Battleground Inn later that evening where White was found brutally beaten and set on fire. He died from the severe injuries nearly a week later on Nov. 15.

Gupton’s case will be moved to Feb. 19.

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Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.