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NEW DETAILS in Scott White murder of Mike Webb
NEW DETAILS in Scott White murder of Mike Webb
"An extreme danger to the community..." says Prosecutor's Office.

by Lisa Wardle - SGN Staff Writer

Details emerged Friday, July 21, about the charges held against 28-year-old Scott Brian White. After waiving his right to appear in court for a bail hearing Thursday, July 20, White was charged with the murder of Mike K. Webb, a popular local radio personality who was also openly Gay. The defendant will be arraigned in King County Court on Monday, July 30. Bail is set at one million dollars.

White was residing with Webb beginning in November of last year. The radio host had taken in White in order to aid him to sobriety and provide a place for White to live. Though he proved to cause issues for Webb, taking his car (that was a trade for advertising space for Bill Korum Nissan in Puyallup, Washington) and stealing money, Mike continued to allow the man to live with him in his rented Queen Anne home.

"I am asking people to remember that Scott is a transient drug addict. Please let the facts as they come out in court tell the story and don't interpret facts. Mike was a kind, caring guy who helped several people suffering from addiction problems get clean, and he was trying to help Scott too. Please remember this is Scott's version," wrote Marian Bogni, Webb's sister, following the release of White's court documents.

White was a suspect in the case for some time; he was the man that family and friends had previously described to police as a "shady character" that Webb had been seen with. However, White wasn't arrested until July 18 after Police received information about his whereabouts in Trolley Park on lower Queen Anne.

Detectives who questioned the defendant said White was hesitant at first about confessing to the crime. White stated that after returning Webb's vehicle, he left the house and returned much later only to find that Webb was missing. He said that he stayed in the house for several weeks after that, concerned over the situation and unknown location of Webb.

Once detectives confronted the defendant with evidence from the crime scene, White made a vague call for legal representation. When asked if he would like to have an attorney present, White decided to answer questions and speak with the detectives. He provided significant details about his actions that corresponded with the collected evidence and statements given by the victim's friends and family.

White stated that he hid an axe underneath the side of the bed that he had been sleeping on. He admitted to waking early on April 14, telling Webb that he was going out to smoke a cigarette and reaching under the bed to grab the weapon and hit his bedmate 3-7 times. The defendant claimed to have let the body stiffen before covering the head in a plastic bag (because of the amount of blood) and duct taping Webb's hands together for ease of dragging the body out of the room. He placed the cadaver in a crawl space located in the basement and covered it with a blue tarp.

White also admitted to pawning several of Webb's possessions, including an HP laptop and attempting to use the victim's credit cards. When he wasn't able to use the credit cards, the defendant took to using Webb's Department of Social and Health Services EBT card.

The defendant also admitted to sending text messages, posing as Webb, from the victim's cell phone to contact Webb's friends and family. He had claimed that Webb was out of town, and according to recipients of those messages, the messages varied in details about why he was gone and where he had left to go.

In April, after taking Webb to a dentist meeting on Friday the 13, before his scheduled oral surgery on Tuesday, Webb's friend Jane Bengtson was surprised to receive a text message stating that he was not going to go to his appointment. She noted that another message stated Webb planned to go out of town with a person named Paul.

Many others began to receive texts from Webb's phone after that date. Bill Korum was contacted, stating that (the supposed Webb) had traveled to California because his brother-in-law was in the ICU and had been injured in an accident. Brent Zimmerman, a friend of Webb's, was asked via text messaging to return the Nissan car to Korum. The messages requested that Korum was not to come to Webb's house, but the two were to meet at an agreed location away from the home.

Court documents took note of several peculiarities pertaining to the text messages. Recipients claimed that the messages were out of character for Webb and had many differences from the typical tendencies in the rare texts Webb would send. Misspellings, such as "verry" and "Iam" instead of Webb's unusual "I'm" or "I am" appeared in some of the messages. The texts also started to contain "Mike" for a signature, though Webb did not put his name at the end of his messages.

After roughly a week and no communication with Webb, other than the text messages, Bengtson grew worried and went to his house on April 20. According to court documents, "Bengtson said she was met by a panicked white male, with long dreadlocks, she had never seen before. The male ran out of the house and told her in a nervous voice that 'they' thought Webb had come home early from California." She proceeded to ask the man if Webb was at home, who replied that he was not. After questioning the stranger why he was at Webb's house, the man replied that he was visiting White and immediately ran off. Bengtson noticed a red sheet covering the front window, so she couldn't see inside of the residence. "Bengtson said a few minutes later she received a text message from Webb's cell phone condemning her for coming to Webb's house uninvited," stated the court document.

In addition to the statements provided from friends and family, physical evidence was found inside of the house connecting White to the murder. The master bedroom had blood splatter and drag marks coming in and from the room. Gouges found in the bedroom were consistent with damage that would occur from use of an axe. Underneath the top sheets on the bed (which were clean at the time of inspection) a pool of blood had collected beneath the mattress. The defendant's bloody fingerprint was located on a dust pan believed to have been used during the clean-up of the incident. A double-edged axe was also found near the body at the time that it was uncovered.

Receipts from pawn shops were in the house, left from the sales that White had made of Webb's electronics. Detectives tracked White's usage of Webb's EBT card and were able to recover video surveillance footage of White making transactions with the card.

White faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 22 years and is considered to be "an extreme danger to the community as evidenced by his violent bludgeoning of the victim," according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in a court document.

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