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Michael Ray WHITE





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: To collect life insurance policy
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: December 12, 1987
Date of birth: October 10, 1951
Victim profile: David Johnson
Method of murder: Shooting (.357 Magnum)
Location: Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on December 9, 1996

Supreme Court of Arizona




Date of Birth: October 10, 1951
Defendant: Caucasian
Victim: Caucasian

White and Susan Minter were lovers. Minter was also having a relationship with David Johnson, a miner from Bagdad.

Minter and White decided to kill Johnson to collect on his life insurance policy, so in November of 1987, Minter married Johnson. She then had herself and her children named beneficiaries on the policy.

On December 12, 1987, White waited outside Johnson's home for Johnson to return from work. Using a potato as a silencer, White shot Johnson with a .357 Magnum in the face and the back.

Minter, who was inside the home, locked the doors and refused to let Johnson in as he called for help. Johnson died later that night.

Minter was tried separately and convicted of first-degree murder. She received a life sentence.


    Presiding Judge: James Hancock
    Prosecutor: Jill Lynch
    Start of Trial:  June 29, 1988
    Verdict: July 14, 1988
    Sentencing: August 8, 1988
    Resentencing: December 9, 1996

Aggravating Circumstances:

    Pecuniary gain

Mitigating Circumstances:

    None sufficient to call for leniency


    State v. White, 168 Ariz. 500, 815 P.2d 869 (1991).



Michael R. White



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