Suspects plead not guilty in detective's killing

Published On: May 23 2012 11:24:46 AM EDT   Updated On: May 24 2012 06:49:57 AM EDT

Some of those charged in the killing of Detective David White are expected to go before a judge.


Three of four suspects charged in a Clay County detective's killing pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday at their arraignments.

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.

Alder waived her court appearance Wednesday. The next pretrial for the four suspects is June 21.

Detective Matthew Hanlin was also shot during the raid. Tilley was then shot and killed by deputies.

Even though none of them fired the fatal shot, three are facing murder charges.

"This case, of all cases, shows you just how dangerous and violent the making of drugs, using of drugs and distribution of drugs can be," State Attorney Angela Corey said in announcing the charges last month.

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, 16, 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.


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