Speedy trials waived in detective's killing
Updated On: Aug 02 2012 05:31:06 PM EDT
Four suspects charged in a Clay County detective's killing waived their right to a speedy trial at a hearing Thursday morning.
Investigators said Chasity Prescott, Ryan Wilder, Jennifer Alder and Jerry Daniels were inside a Middleburg home the night Detective David White was shot and killed by Ted Tilley during a meth lab raid.
Daniels was the only one who didn't appear in court Thursday. He was represented by his lawyer.
The next pretrial hearing for the four suspects is Aug. 30.
Detective Matthew Hanlin was also shot during the raid. Tilley was then shot and killed by deputies.
Even though none of the four suspects charged fired the fatal shot, three are facing murder charges.
Because White's death occurred during a felony, everyone present at the time can be held responsible for the killing.
Prescott, Wilder and Alder are each charged with one count of felony murder in the first degree, three counts of attempted second-degree murder, one count of second-degree felony murder, and one count of trafficking in methamphetamine while armed.
Wilder and Prescott are also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Prescott is charged with an eighth count of armed burglary for inhabiting the property illegally, prosecutors said.
Daniels is also charged in connection with White's death. He faces charges of third-degree murder and possession with intent to sell, deliver, manufacture and purchase controlled substances.
White was shot and killed Feb. 16 during an investigation of a methamphetamine lab at a Clay County home.
While family and friends of White wait for the trial, they're inviting the entire community to help remember his service and bravery. One group is planning a golf tournament in White's honor to benefit his family and keep his memory alive.
"Honoring Dave and remembering him," Deputy Keith Smith said of the purpose of the David A. White Memorial Golf Tournament.
He said it's to honor a fallen comrade and to raise money for a trip to keep his memory alive.
The Fraternal Order of Police is trying to send the Honor Guard, which White was a member of, to the nation's capital as the fallen hero's name is engraved into the police memorial wall. It's something Smith said will be very special for White's wife, Jennifer, and their two children.
"It is very important to her that all the Honor Guard be there in Washington (D.C.) when his name's placed on the wall," Smith said.
"We have a full field, A.M. and P.M. shotgun start," said Charles Raulerson, of the Country Club of Orange Park. "Great event, live music, a lot of fun."
Raulerson is hosting the tournament and surrounding festivities like lunch, dinner and a concert. He said the club is running it free of charge because it's the right thing to do.
"Always done as much as we could for the Sheriff's Department and the police, and when they asked us to help, we were more than thrilled to be the host of the event," Raulerson said.
"We don't forget about him," Smith said of White. "We don't talk about him like he's not here because he'll always be here with us."
The tournament will be held Sept. 8. Tickets are still available.
For more information about the tournament, click here.
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