A Seattle family is mourning the loss of David Peterson, 54, who was callously murdered during a parking lot robbery.
Byron White, 17, fatally shot Peterson last month for his cell phone. The violent teenager then immediately went to a friend’s house where he complained that the stolen cell phone was “too cheap.”
White fled police for a week before he was caught boarding a plane to Atlanta, Ga., on March 1.
“David Peterson went out for a walk around the neighborhood after dinner and never returned, ” King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg said. “He was a random victim from a chance encounter with a dangerous young man. That the evidence shows he was murdered for his cell phone by a teenager with a gun makes this all the more tragic and senseless.”
“He said that the man had seen his face, and he had to shoot him,” White admitted to police.
“[White] showed his companions the phone he had finally taken from the man and expressed his disappointment that it was not a nicer model.”
White is charged with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and attempted robbery. He’s being held on $2 million bail and will appear in court on March 17. If convicted, he could face up to 35 years in prison.