Arrest made in Gates County murder

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 29, 2003

GATESVILLE – Less than two weeks after the murder of Fred Parker, the Gates County Sheriff’s Office has officially charged Jeffrey Allen White, 25, of Corapeake with the slaying of the Sunbury businessman.

Gates County Sheriff’s Office deputies transported White from the Norfolk City Jail yesterday (Monday) morning back to Gates County.

White waived extradition back to North Carolina from Virginia and was taken to the Gates County Sheriff’s Office. White arrived in Gates County approximately 1:30 p.m., escorted by Chief Deputy Billy Spruill and Deputy Al Parker. He was then charged with murder, fingerprinted and transported to jail.

White, who was suffering from a self-inflicted stab wound, was released from Norfolk Sentara Hospital Tuesday evening and charged by Norfolk Homicide and Fugitive Squad with a probation violation.

Gates County Sheriff’s Office officials had made arrangements one day prior to White’s release from the hospital and had completed the necessary paperwork to have him extradited to North Carolina.

According to Sheriff Edward Webb, White was up walking in the hospital on Tuesday of last week and doctors had signed off on the patient, who was admitted one day after the Parker murder.

White was taken to the Medical Unit at the Norfolk City Jail and went in front of a judge where he waived extradition.

Sheriff’s officials were expecting to send White to Central Prison in Raleigh where his medical

needs could be met, but as of Monday afternoon, doctors had cleared White and he is expected to be sent to a local facility, where medical services are still available.

&uot;We do want to make sure White’s medical need are met,&uot; said Sheriff Webb.

Upon leaving the medical facility in Norfolk, White was observed and all medical needs were completed for transport.

White was officially charged upon arrival at the Gates County Sheriff’s Office with murder and the local district attorney’s office is now working with the Sheriff’s Office to secure true bills of indictment as early as Monday (Jan. 5th).

The Grand Jury will be meeting on Monday to look at this case as well as others.

Sheriff Webb also noted that White is wanted in Pennsylvania for questioning on a case they are presently working on.

&uot;We feel confident that White acted alone in this case and the evidence and statements from the suspect support this action,&uot; said Sheriff Webb.

&uot;His alibi has fallen to pieces and we are confident that he acted alone and glad to see this arrest made,&uot; Webb stated.

Sheriff Webb wanted to thank all the community for their assistance in this case and especially SBI Agent April DeMarco who has been instrumental in securing evidence and working the case from day one.

&uot;We hope that this will bring a more secure feeling to those in the community where this crime occurred,&uot; concluded Webb.

Gates County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Parker’s home on the morning of Dec. 11 where they found him deceased in his home.

An investigation by Sheriff’s Office officials began immediately and a State Bureau of Investigation Crime Scene Team was called in from Raleigh. The Crime Scene Team reacted immediately to the scene and began their investigation. The Medical Examiner’s office was called in and Parker’s body was then taken to Chapel Hill where an autopsy was performed.

Upon the investigation by Sheriff Ed Webb and other law enforcement officers, information was secured in which at least three or four suspects were being sought for questioning.

As a result of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office launched a search for White as a possible suspect. According to the report, White was sought throughout the day on Dec. 11 and 12.

Sheriff Webb had planned to talk with White on Friday when they received a call to respond to the home of White’s grandfather, located on N.C. 32 in Corapeake, where it appeared White was suffering from a self-inflicted wound to the upper torso.

White was flown by Nightingale Air Ambulance to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

At this time, Sheriff Webb stated the murder motive is unknown.

&uot;As far as crime scenes go, this has been one of the most emotional crime scenes I have ever seen,&uot; he stated.