PARKERSBURG - A man charged with the 2011 murder of his stepson pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wood County Circuit Court.
Randall Lee White, 58, of 3335 Butcher Bend Road, Mineral Wells, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Scott Andrew Daggett by way of an Alford plea. White was indicted by the September 2011 grand jury.
An Alford plea is where the defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence. Under the Alford plea, the defendant admits sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Randall Lee White
White's sentencing was set for 9 a.m. June 21 before Judge J.D. Beane.
According to court records, White and Daggett became involved in an argument June 17 at White's residence. When Daggett approached White, he went to a place in the room where he kept a semi-automatic handgun.
Police alleged White pulled the gun out of a hiding place, chambered a round and fired one time at Daggett.
Daggett was pronounced dead later in the evening at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.
In another hearing, Bryan Dale Hogue, 51, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was granted a motion by Judge Jeffrey Reed to reduce his bond from $75,000 to $30,000 with conditions he report to the day report center, no children less than 18 years of age in the house, not to leave Wood County, not possess or manufacture controlled substances and not possess or be around firearms and deadly weapons.
He was indicted by the January 2013 grand jury on charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing.