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Fri Nov 30 17:28:48 CST 2007
Man accused of killing officers indicted, will face death penalty
The man accused of fatally shooting three police officers in Odessa 2
months ago was indicted Friday, and the prosecutor said he will seek the
Larry Neil White, 58, was indicted on three counts of capital murder and 3
counts of attempted capital murder for shots he allegedly fired at other
officers in September during a domestic disturbance call at the home he
shared with his wife.
Cpls. Arlie Jones, 48, and John "Scott" Gardner, 30, who died at the
scene, were shot in the head and in the backyard as they tried to make
contact with a man inside the home. Cpl. Abel Marquez, 32, was wounded in
the face and died four days later at a hospital in Lubbock, about 140
miles north of Odessa. The other officers White is accused of shooting at
"The victims' families were 100 percent supportive of our decision" to
seek the death penalty, Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said.
"I have no intention of pleading the case. I will let a jury decide."
Woody Leverett Jr., the Midland attorney representing White, declined to
comment Friday. White is being held without bond.
White, who a neighbor described as an avid hunter who liked guns and
regularly drank beer during the day, was shot in the abdomen during the
incident, police have said.
Negotiators were able to convince the suspected shooter to eventually
surrender, defusing a tense situation among officers ready to storm the
house after three of their colleagues were gunned down.
The officers' deaths were the first by gunfire for the Odessa department
and more than doubled the number killed in the line of duty in the
agency's history. 2 officers died in motorcycle accidents in 1982 and '88,
according to the department's Web site.
(source: Associated Press)
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