Whitesburg KY

Man cleared of murder here out on bond on gun charge

Alfred “New York” White, who was cleared last week in the shooting death of his friend, is out of jail after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond for a possession of a handgun by a convicted felon charge.

On Oct. 8, a Letcher County jury found White, 46, of Jonesboro, Ga., not guilty in the shooting death of Walter Johnson Jr., 39, of Atlanta.

Johnson was shot once in his back around 2 p.m. on March 24, 2011 while seated near a kitchen table in a doublewide trailer at Premier

Subdivision in Jenkins. In addition to White, Angela Mays, Tom Blair and David Michael Wyatt — all who were residing in the trailer — were present at the time of the shooting.

Blair and Mays have each been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in recent months to charges related to Johnson’s murder. The two were prosecution witnesses in White’s trial.

Johnson and White had made trips to Jenkins in early 2011 to sell crack cocaine. Blair, Mays and Wyatt allowed Johnson and White to use the trailer as a “trap house” to distribute the illegal drug.

A member of the jury which found White not guilty of murder said there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him of murder.

“When you are talking about sending someone to prison for life, you have to do more,” the juror said. “We just felt like we didn’t have sufficient evidence.”

No one actually saw anyone shoot anyone, said the juror.

“We know somebody was murdered and we know somebody did it,” said the juror. “We just don’t know that he did it.”

White, who was represented during the trial by Will Collins and Richard Counts, will be back in Letcher Circuit Court December 4 for a pretrial conference to address the handgun charge.

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