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Dan Satterberg


Charges filed in Greenwood murder

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A charge of Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm Enhancement has been filed against Byron White, 17, who is accused in the robbery and fatal shooting of David Peterson on February 23 in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. King County Prosecutors have charged him in adult court under a state law that provides for automatic adult prosecution for 16 and 17-year-old juveniles who commit serious violent offenses.   

According to charging documents, White allegedly approached Peterson and tried to steal his cellphone. After a brief struggle, Peterson was able to keep control of the cellphone and the defendant walked away. When Peterson called 911 to report the robbery attempt, the defendant walked back to Peterson and confronted him. He then allegedly shot Peterson in the chest, took the victim’s cellphone and left. The defendant was arrested last weekend at SeaTac airport before he could board a flight to Atlanta.  

Prosecutors also charged the defendant with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree, based on his age, and Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree. If convicted as charged, the sentence range, which includes the firearm enhancement, is 27 to 35 years in prison.   

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said, “David Peterson went out for a walk around the neighborhood after dinner and never returned.” “He was a random victim from a chance encounter with a dangerous young man,” he added. “That the evidence shows he was murdered for his cellphone by a teenager with a gun makes this all the more tragic and senseless.” 

King County Prosecutors annually file between 20 and 40 “automatic adult jurisdiction” cases, Satterberg said. Approximately 65 percent of those auto adult cases involve the use of a firearm in an assault, murder or robbery. The defendant remains in custody with bail set at $2 million. He will be arraigned on March 17 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. 

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