Murder trial continued for Middletown teen whose confession was challenged

The trial for Gonnii White, charged with murder in the fatal shooting last spring of another teen, as been continued until April.

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The trial for Gonnii White, charged with murder in the fatal shooting last spring of another teen, as been continued until April.

The trial of a Middletown teen charged in the fatal shooting of another teen in gang-related violence has been continued.

Gonnii White, now 17, is charged with murder with the specifications that he used a firearm and was participating in a gang at the time of the shooting death of Joesph Davis, 17, near the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and Garfield Street during the late-night hours of May 29, 2018.

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White’s trial was scheduled to begin last Wednesday in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but Judge Noah Powers II continued the trial until April 8 at the request of the defense.

Earlier this month, Powers ruled White’s confession to Middletown police will be permitted as evidence at trial.

Defense attorney Timothy Upton filed a motion last month to suppress White’s statements to Middletown detectives because he says the teen’s rights were violated. In the motion, Upton said White was 16 at the time of the interrogation by police and was not accompanied by an attorney, parent or guardian.

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White, who is being held in lieu of a $750,000 bond, is being tried as an adult because the case was bound over to Common Pleas Court by Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans.

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