UPDATE: Victor White Takes the Stand
CBS 7 News
December 13, 2012
UPDATE 3:55 PM
Victor white is taking the stand.
Bobby Bland calls the camera operator of the helicopter to stand.
They play the video from the aircraft as evidence.
The camera operator says that White pointed a gun directly at the
aircraft and open fire.
UPDATE 2:33 PM
Lubbock police corporal don billingsley
Is on the stand. He says White shot him in the head.
He says that he fell back on the lap of another officer after he was
shot. He says the thoughts running through his head included death,
family and the possibility of being handicap.
Lubbock police sergeant Kelly Pirkle took the stand. When asked if
Victor White was trying to kill him, he stated "There's no doubt in my
He says he fired 4 rounds and more than 50 rounds from Whites compound
was fired at his vehicle .
UPDATE: 12:20 PM
Court is in recess until 1:00PM. Victor White has signed the paper that he will be representing himself and waiving his right to council. White's lawyer, Lawrence Barber, will stay in the remaining proceedings today as standby council.
December 13, 2012
CBS 7 Reporter
Victor White wanted to represent himself and fire his court appointed lawyer Lawrence Barber .
The jury took a break and during the break White began speaking with his lawyer, stood up and spoke directly to Judge Bill McCoy.
White says that he wants to represent himself and it's his "6th Amendment right".
Earlier in the court room, district attorney Bobby Bland called witnesses to the stand, both were SWAT tank drivers.
The first was Sgt. Robert Doporto.
Doporto was the driver of "The Rock", the swat tank for the Odessa Police Department.
Bland brought out evidence, including broken windshields from the vehicle that were clearly hit by bullets multiple times.
Doporto said "there is no doubt in his mind" that White was trying to kill him.
He says White fired the shots at the vehicle .
SWAT driver from Midland County also took the stand.
He said the shooting involving White was the closest he's ever been to death.
Three of White's friends are in the courtroom to support they're friend.
They say they'll stay behind him, regardless of the outcome.
CBS 7 Staff Reports
ODESSA – Day three of the Victor White trial heats up as the accused has asked to represent himself.
During morning testimony, White was loudly speaking to his attorney. In fact, the prosecutor asked the Judge if White could be asked to stop interrupting the testimony.
White then asked if he could represent himself, claiming he had the right to do so and he was not being represented correctly.
CBS 7 has a reporter in the courtroom, we will have the latest on this story as details become available.