Trial for man accused of killing wife's ex-husband gets underway | KOB 4

Trial for man accused of killing wife's ex-husband gets underway

Emily Jaceks
June 12, 2018 05:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - There was powerful testimony Tuesday, as the Terry White trial got underway. White is accused of killing his wife’s ex-husband, Don Fluitt, in a bitter custody battle.


A number of witnesses were called to the stand, including Valerie Torres, a co-worker of Fluitt. She said she was the one who made the gruesome discovery of Fluitt’s body back in 2016.

She told jurors she wasn't expecting Fluitt to return to work December 29th. But she was alerted that something may be wrong by his daughter, who called saying she hadn’t heard from her father in some time. Torres said she attempted to reach Fluitt, but he didn’t pick up her calls.

“Did you think it was unusual at all that he didn’t answer?” Torres was asked on the stand.

“I thought it was very unusual,” Torres replied.

After several unanswered texts and calls, she and another co-worker drove to Fluitt’s home to see if he was ok. And immediately, Torres said she noticed things weren't right.

“When I knocked on the door, it gave a little bit, which was a little odd. So I turned the doorknob and it was unlocked,” Torres said.

Torres says another alarming sign were Fluitt's pets. His cat was out when it would normally hide. And Buddy the dog, who was normally friendly, seemed to be on edge.

“He was acting very odd. All the hair on his back was standing straight up and he was pacing,” Torres said.

But the most gruesome discovery was made in the garage.

“I saw his jeans. I saw his brown belt, and then his torso and his white t-shirt. And then I saw the rest of him,” Torres said.

DNA underneath Fluitt’s fingernails would later lead to White’s arrest.

White is facing charges of first*degree murder, aggravated burglary, and tampering with evidence. His ex-wife was initially charged with conspiracy to commit murder, but those charges were later dropped.


Emily Jaceks

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