July 20, 2007
V 35 Issue 29

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Mike Webb murder confession
28-year-old Scott White held in King County Jail

by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Police arrested a 28-year-old suspect in the brutal stabbing death of radio talk show host Mike K. Webb on Wednesday night, after receiving a tip that he was at Trolley Hill Park on lower Queen Anne. The suspect, Scott B. White, surrendered to police without incident.

White admitted to killing Webb and hiding his body during police questioning at headquarters, according to Assistant Police Chief Nick Metz. Police also have uncovered forensic evidence that tie the suspect to the murder scene.

Metz stated that Webb had met the suspect in November and the two were roommates for a period of time. He offered no additional details about White's background, other than to say he believed the suspect to have been homeless prior to his arrest. He declined to provide a motive, say whether a weapon has been found or if White had acted alone in the commission of the crime.

Long considered a "person of interest in the case," Police records show that White once stole a Nissan from Webb. The car had been given to the talk show host to test drive and later review on his internet radio program. Police also believe White used Webb's debit cards in the months since his disappearance.

White waived his right to appear before King County District Judge David M. Christie on Thursday, July 19. During the bail hearing, the judge agreed to hold the suspect on suspicion of second degree murder and set his bail at $1 million. The Prosecutor's Office had requested he be held on premeditated first degree murder, but the judge felt that the evidence submitted to the court was "limited." The deadline for the filing of formal charges is Monday, July 23.

This is not White's first brush with the law. Court documents show he had previously been convicted of third-degree theft in February 2001. He spent two days in jail and paid a $500 fine. A drug possession charge was dismissed.

After Webb's disappearance, family and close friends became concerned about what might have happened to Webb, because of his association with White, who had been described to police as a "shady character."

John McMullen, a friend and former employer of Webb's, said that the talk show host had given the suspect a place to live while he recovered from a drug addiction. He said Webb was often a sponsor to many Gay and Lesbian people in treatment.

The Seattle Gay News spoke with a member of the area's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community on Thursday who allowed White to stay at his home. He said they had met through a mutual friend and wanted to help the man but denied knowing much about the suspect. He said he has provided a statement to police and was in "shock" after learning of White's involvement in Webb's murder.

Webb had been reported missing on May 14, but hadn't been seen since mid-April. Friends and family continued to receive text message from his cell phone in the days following his disappearance. After nearly a month, the Seattle Police Department conducted another search of Webb's rented Queen Anne home using cadaver dogs on loan from another agency. The dogs failed to find Webb's body.

The body was later discovered in a basement crawl space by property manager David Neth and a hired worker on Thursday, June 28. It was wrapped in a blue tarp and covered by a pile of boxes. Neth has said two objects were also found near the body, but declined to identify them.

Webb is best known for his liberal viewpoints that he shared with listeners of his KIRO 710 AM radio talk show. He was fired in December 2005 from the station after being charged with insurance fraud. He was later convicted in February and was sentenced to community service, a $1,000 fine and mental health treatment.
picture top- Scott White

lower picture Assistant Chief of Police Nick Metz


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