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10/22/04

White Found Guilty Of Officer's Murder

Twenty-eight-year-old Jonathan White now knows he will spend life in prison for killing a Moss Point police officer. After only an hour of deliberations, the jury found White guilty of murdering Officer Larry Lee in October 2002.

Lee died on when White's SUV slammed into him atop the Highway 63 bridge. White was running from a police stop and driving the wrong way on the highway when he hit Lee, who was standing outside his patrol car.

Throughout the trial this week, prosecutors have argued that White made a series of wrong choices that cost the policeman his life.

Though the defense tried to argue that White never intended to kill Officer Lee, the jury did not agree. They quickly returned the guilty verdict a little after five.

White will spend life in prison without a chance of parole because his victim's family asked District Attorney Tony Lawrence not to let the death penalty be used in this case. Lawrence respected their wishes.

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