Victor White Trial Day 1: Court Hears Witness Testimonies 12/11/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
December 11, 2012
Odessa - It's a story that was splashed across national headlines; an Odessa man shoots a deputy and an oil field worker, then keeps police at bay in a 22 hour standoff.
Today the man behind it all had his first day in front of a judge and jury.
Today a jury was chosen and the court heard witness testimony and now we are a day closer to learning the fate of Victor White.
Peering through the window of the 358th District Courtroom, you can see Victor White patiently awaiting his fate.
Following jury selection and opening statements, witnesses took the stand all giving their account of what happened leading up to September 17th 2010.
Witnesses all told the same story, saying that it all began with a fight between White and an oil company. White claiming they were contaminating the water on his property.
Witnesses employed by the oil company say an Ector County Sheriff's deputy and two employees with the company approached White's house. After a brief conversation, witnesses claim White pulled out a gun and began shooting.
The sheriff's deputy and one of the oil company employees were shot.
White was later arrested after a 22 hour standoff with more than 150 law enforcement.
Now two years later, witnesses relived that day today, while White just sat and listened.
The trial will pick back up again tomorrow morning. We will be inside the courtroom to bring you any developments in the case.