White to be sentenced in Chase City shooting
Zykor White, charged with numerous offenses for the shooting of a victim in Chase City last summer, has been found guilty on a reduced charge of Malicious Wounding. The plea came after lengthy negotiations between Mecklenburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Nash and defense attorney Charles H. Crowder, III.
Shortly after midnight on July 11 of last year, said Nash, Officer Joe Carey Jr., was flagged down near Cannery Row Apartments and Carey was told of a possible shooting outside the complex. In the parking lot, Carey found Jaquan Jones, 23, of Richmond suffering from a single gunshot wound below the rib cage. Jones was able to name White as the shooter. Several witnesses also named White.
White, said the witnesses, had approached the victim earlier in the evening and returned with a handgun. He pointed the handgun at Jones’ face and cocked the gun. Jones then grabbed the gun and the two men struggled. During that struggle, the gun went off and White ran off.
Jones was transported by helicopter to Medical College of Virginia – Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond for treatment of his wounds.
Nash told Judge McCormick that the bullet had gone through Jones’ bowel, requiring emergency surgery. Jones, said Nash, had two more surgeries and was released on August 5, but continues to recover and is still undergoing physical therapy.
Police picked up White shortly after the shooting, said Nash, but he claimed to have not been in Chase City that evening. Nash told the court that eyewitnesses and data from White’s cell phone indicted that he had been in Chase City in the area of Cannery Row Apartments.
While White had told authorities that he did not know the victim, Nash told the court that a video found on White’s cell phone showed White and Jones together, proving the two did know each other.
Defense attorney Charles Crowder, III, told Judge McCormick that he and Nash had been over the evidence and said that while White had been at Cannery Row Apartments on the night of the shooting, there had been a struggle for the gun and at the time of the shooting, both men had their hands on the weapon. “Nobody knows who pulled the trigger,” said Crowder, adding that his client would have said that he did not intentionally pull the trigger. Crowder also told the court that Jones had taken property belonging to White and that he had gone to retrieve his property.
Judge McCormick said that he believed the evidence presented was enough to find White guilty.
White had been facing charges of Shooting in the Commission of a Felony, Assault-Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, First Offense, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Second Offense, Robbery on or Near a Street and Attempted Capital Murder.
Under the terms of the agreement reached between the Commonwealth and Defense, White agreed to plead guilty to the Malicious Wounding. The remaining charges were not prosecuted.
Final sentencing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6.