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Worth man convicted of murder

White's mug shot (Source: Worth Co. Jail) White's mug shot (Source: Worth Co. Jail)

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - A Worth County man was convicted Wednesday of the bizarre murder of his wife.

29-year old Jacob White was found guilty of the January 2008 beating death of 55-year old Linda White.

The former waitress at White's seafood, was beaten to death with a hammer and her body stuffed inside a freezer.

It took the jury about an hour to reach its verdict.

As it was read in court around two pm, Jacob White just dropped his head.

This was the scene on January 25th 2008 when Worth County deputies found 55-year-old Linda White's body in the couple's freezer at 108 Jog Road.

Three days prior, Jacob White beat his wife in the back of the head with a hammer, fracturing her skull and killing her. Then he stuffed her body in the freezer.

Jacob White's family reluctantly made their way into the courthouse to hear the jury's verdict.

Before the two day trial concluded, White took the stand in his own defense, where he broke down in tears as he admitted to beating his wife several times with a hammer, then stuffing her in the freezer.

He told jurors he did it because she kicked him in the thigh and abused their child.

While he admitted to attacking her, he said he didn't mean to kill her.

"He doesn't deserve to be in there for 30 years. He didn't mean for this to happen," said his sister April Sanchez.

The jury disagreed. They found Mr. White guilty on all three counts. His family, still in shock.

"I've never known him to hurt or harm anyone," asid his aunt Mary Daniels.

Kelley Carr lives across the street from where the White's mobile home used to sit. He still remembers the night blue lights filled his street.

"I'm glad he's behind bars. Nobody deserves to die like that. It was brutal," said Daniels.

The very week of the murder, deputies were called to the White's home several times because of domestic disputes.  The White's child is now in the custody of DEFACS.

After the verdict was read Wednesday afternoon, the judge sentenced Jacob White to life in prison.

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