White to go to trial Monday

Authored by Jim Langham on Sep 23, 2011

A Wells County man is scheduled go to trial, beginning Monday, at Wells County Superior Court concerning charges related to the 2009 murder of Amy Meyer White.
The trial of Tyler White is scheduled to begin on Monday at 9 a.m., immediately following jury selection. White was charged with Oct. 27, 2009 death of White, who was also pregnant at the time.
Wells County Prosecutor Mike Lautzenheiser said that he had originally also sought charges in the death of the unborn child, but an Indiana Appellate Court overruled the action, based on an earlier case where charges were not permitted pending the death of both mother and child.
"I have filed for an 'enhancement' which means that if things are successful in the murder trial, I will be able to present evidence to the same jury that the same action that caused the murder also caused the death of the child," said Lautzenheiser. "That would be just a small trial in which the jurors would hear the evidence concerning the child."
The trial will be presided over by special judge, Brian Hutchison, of Jay County and will be heard in the Wells County Superior Court.
Records indicate that on the morning of Oct. 27, 2009, officials from the Wells County Sheriff Department arrived at the home of Tyler White's father, located at 0649 East 100 South, in Wells County, and found Meyer White laying on the garage floor with two bullet wounds in her chest, and their son, Max, by her side.
Meyer White was immediately taken to Bluffton Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. White was taken into custody at the Wells County Jail where he remains in custody.
At that time, Wells County Judge David Hanselman ordered that White be held without bond.
The judge also ordered a preliminary plea of "not guilty" in the Wells County Circuit Court and determined that a four-day trial date of April 20-23, be set for the trial, but there have been numerous delays since then.
Lautzenheiser said at the time that the punishment for murder is a fixed term of 45 to 65 years, with an advisory sentence of 55 years.
At the time of her passing, Meyer White had served on the coaching staff of the South Adams cross country team. She was a 1999 graduate of the local high school where she had scored a career total of 1,033 points on the Starfire basketball team
Following high school, she played basketball at IPFW and St. Francis University where she was to have served as an assistant to Gary Andrews on the girls basketball team staff that season.


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