White to go before a judge today

Byron White

Update:

Charges for White are first-degree murder, second-degree unlawful gun possession and attempted second-degree robbery. 35 years in prison would be the penalty if convicted. White remains jailed with a $2 million bail.

Original:
Byron White, the 17 year old Ballard High School student arrested for the murder of a Greenwood man will remain in a juvenile detention center for the time being. White is expected to be charged as an adult with murder today after he waived his first court appearance Monday.

White was arrested for the murder of David Peterson which occurred at the Fred Meyer in Greenwood on Feb. 23. It was reported that White tried to steal Peterson’s phone, but Peterson resisted and called 911. When White realized the police had been called he shot Peterson in the chest with a handgun.

Port of Seattle Police detained White in Sea-Tac while he was attempting to board a plane bound for Atlanta. White admitted to shooting Peterson.

KING 5 spoke with White’s mother.

"Byron was not homeless. He came from a two parent background. He was a good student and a respectful student," Yvette Watkins said. "We gave him all that he needed."

"During the last four to five months he took a turn for the worse. He started missing classes and I was worried about it," she added. "I tried to steer him in the right direction."

Look to the Ballard News Tribune as this case unfolds.

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