A Senatobia, Miss., man who was beaten, possibly in retaliation over the George Zimmerman verdict told FOX13 News that while he did hear Trayvon Martin's name mentioned, he's not convinced that's what the beating was all about.
Senatobia Police said there are no inconsistencies in Devin's story. So far they have no indication the jogger is not telling the truth. They say there is no indication this is a hoax.
Devin said Sunday night's assault this had nothing whatsoever to do with Trayvon Martin. He calls his attackers just a bunch of knuckleheads looking for an opportunity to beat somebody up.
He also wants to forgive them.
Devin is scared and doesn't want his identity out, the Tate County Sheriff said. He was found going in and out of consciousness on a remote Tate County road Sunday night.
"He said, 'We are going to beat your (expletive), for Trayvon,'" Devin recalled.
Jogger claims was attacked in wake of Zimmerman verdict
His attackers abducted him in Senatobia after acting like they were lost. The three men ordered him into their car after saying they had a gun.
Devin doesn't buy the idea that the attack on him was related to the Zimmerman trial in Florida, even though his attackers used Trayvon's name just before beating him.
"Whoever did this used Trayvon Martin's name as an excuse to do it," Devin said. "They probably didn't even know the facts of what happened in the case. Some people are saying this is a white guy. These black guys beat up this white guy. It's not the case. What should be said is these guys beat up another guy and left him on the side of the road. That's the story."
Devin said he's been accused of being a white guy who is just trying to stir something up in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict. He produced his wedding photos to prove that's not the case.
"My black brother, you know, nobody in the world I would rather have there with me," Devin said.
He says the in the picture of three men in tuxedoes the middle man is Devin's adopted brother, one of the first to call him after he was found beaten on the side of Highway 51.
"My brother just wants to know that basically he called me and told me he loved me and he would be here for me anytime," Devin said. "Black brothers, you know, I grew up in a household with black brothers. I had people in my wedding who were my black brothers. I would fight for them any day. This was turned into a race thing and it's not.
"It's just knuckleheads who were not doing the right thing."
With bruising starting to show under his eyes, Devin said he would like to meet his attackers face to face. But it's not what you think.
"People do right, that's what we teach our little girl," Devin said. "Do the right thing, you know? People make bad decisions. The three gentlemen that did this to me made bad decisions that night. I don't hold a grudge. If I see them face to face I'd ask them why they did it and I would tell them I forgive them and I'm thankful they didn't kill me.
Devin's said the only reason he came forward with his story is that he wanted to make sure that people who were out late at night jogging like he was are always aware of their surroundings.
If you have any information in this case you are urged to call Tate County CrimeStoppers at 662-301-1111.