White convicted in Milford slaying

Abdul T. White

DOVER — A 32-year-old Philadelphia man was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday regarding the shooting death of a wheelchair-bound paraplegic Milford man two years ago.

No sentencing date was immediately set for Abdul T. White, also convicted of home invasion and numerous counts of first-degree reckless endangering, kidnapping, aggravated menacing and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

John G. Harmon was stabbed and fatally shot in the head while duct taped to his wheelchair, the prosecution said, as masked home invaders searched for 50 pounds of marijuana at a residence in the 500 block of North Walnut Street on Aug. 8, 2015.

White was found not guilty on an intentional murder count against him. He was facing 79 charges overall.

During the two week trial in Superior Court, Deputy Attorneys General Jason Cohee and Lindsay Taylor presented evidence showing White’s DNA and fingerprint was present on a mask found in the bedroom where Mr. Harmon died.

White claimed he committed the home invasion under duress after a drug dealer who he owed $20,000 to threatened his family.

The jury began deliberations on Wednesday after closing arguments.

Attorneys Alexander Funk and Edward Gill represented the defendant. Judge Jeffrey Clark officiated the proceedings.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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