Date of Birth: October
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
None sufficient to call for leniency
State v. White, 168 Ariz. 500, 815 P.2d 869 (1991).
Michael R. White