The very thin, blonde, mulleted 28-year old in orange felony pajamas and sandals stood silent before Judge Helen Halpert while a public defender made the plea.
The PD asked the judge to not allow pictures of White's face arguing it would prejudice the the possible jury pool. Times photographer, Greg Gilbert argued for the media saying White's mugshot was already out there and had been printed twice by his own paper and others.
The judge allowed publication of facial pictures, but said showing his
handcuffs in the media might be prejudicial. TV news, the daily papers
and BlatherWatch photographers all snapped away.
Close Webb friend, Jane Bengston sat grimly in the front row of the gallery to get a look at the accused. She was probably the last of Mike's friends to see him alive: she took him to a dental appointment on the Friday he was killed. On the following Monday, according to the charging papers, Bengtson's suspicion was aroused when she got a text message from Webb's phone, (which police say was in White's possession) stating that Webb would not be going to the dentist appointment the following Tuesday.
Scott McCauley, who identified himself as having been in a 68-day drug rehab in a south Seattle treatment center with White tried to get his attention through the glass of the bifurcated courtroom as the deputies escorted the accused killer past the windows.
McCauley later told us, "In recovery, you get a bond with the people ... you want to help each other, I'm here to support Scott.
When asked if the brutality of the alleged crime surprised him, he said, " I was shocked- I only hope now Scott gets the help he needs."