Jury to begin deliberations in White murder case

Abdul T. White

DOVER — A 32-year-old Philadelphia man’s trial on murder charges stemming from a shooting death in an alleged home invasion two years ago will go to the jury today.

Jury instructions and closing summations regarding the fate of Abdul T. White will commence at 9 a.m. in Kent County Superior Court in the trial’s second week.

The jury was dismissed just before 11 a.m. Tuesday as prosecution and defense rested after a courtroom session lasting under two hours.

The prosecution has maintained that Mr. White triggered a bullet into the head of John G. Harmon on Aug. 8, 2015 during a supposed attempt with two others to steal 50 pounds of marijuana at a Milford residence.

While Mr. White has acknowledged being at the scene in the 500 block of North Walnut Street, his defense counsel argues that he was forced into assisting the home invasion and knows who the actual gunman was. The defense maintains the suspect is incarcerated out of state and has been unavailable to be investigated.

Pointing to witness testimony allegedly placing a disguised suspect believed to be Mr. White in the bedroom where Mr. Harmon died, the prosecution produced DNA and fingerprint linked to the defendant on a mask he was supposedly wearing.

Mr. White earlier told investigators he was not in the room at the time Mr. Harmon was fatally shot, and a supposed gunman emerged and fled after he heard the gunfire.

The defendant testified before the jury on Monday afternoon in a trial that opened last week.

More than 70 counts against Mr. White include two first-degree murder charges, along with alleged possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree reckless endangering, aggravated menacing, endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree conspiracy, wearing a disguise, impersonating a police officer and criminal mischief offenses.

Attorneys Edward Gill and Alexander Funk are teamed as defense co-counsel, with Deputy Attorneys General Lindsay Taylor and Jason Cohee prosecuting the case. Judge Jeffrey Clark is overseeing the proceedings.

In court documents, Mr. White had home addresses listed in Philadelphia and in the first block of NASCAR Lane in Magnolia.

On Tuesday morning, Judge Clark instructed jurists to report to the Kent County Courthouse at 8:45 a.m. today in order to assemble and place lunch orders to be provided by the State of Delaware.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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