Teen pleads not guilty in random Seattle homicide

by: Rob Munoz Updated:


SEATTLE - 17-year-old Byron White will remain in jail until his next court date in two weeks.
A King County judge this morning denied him bail for his alleged crime during his arraignment Monday morning.
The teen is being charged as an adult for allegedly shooting and killing David Peterson over a cellphone as Peterson walked in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle late last month.
White’s attorney this morning entered a plea of not guilty.
Members of Peterson’s family and friends were in court watching the proceedings and didn’t hold back on their emotions afterwards.
"Schoolmates mentioned that he was a nice guy. But Ted Bundy was a nice guy too, to his roommates and friends. Someone like that, their personality is not going to change. It's not going to change and he deserves to be in prison forever,” said Peterson’s wife Kimberly Peterson.
A family friend says they intend to make every court date.
According to court documents examined by KIRO 7, White told friends that he was upset after the murder because the cellphone “was not a nicer model.”
He was arrested at SeaTac airport trying to board a one-way flight to Atlanta, according to Seattle police.
They also said his own mother turned him in.
Byron White’s next court date is set for two weeks from now


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