White’s last pretrial hearing set Thursday
Bakari White returns to court in Nacogdoches Thursday for his final pretrial hearing. It will be the last chance for both defense and prosecution to make any motions to be considered by the court before his capital murder trial, which is scheduled for Oct. 12 in Nacogdoches.
Nacogdoches County District Attorney Nicole Lostracco said a month lead time for the pretrial is not unusual and that she could not disclose any pretrial motions planned on her part. Capital murder charges may carry the death penalty in Texas.
Bakari White, 26, was charged in September 2009 with capital murder in the death of Lamont Kenyon Patton who was discovered dead inside of a burning car on Laceyville Road in Nacogdoches County in August 2008. White was indicted for the crime by a Nacogdoches grand jury last April.
Others arrested in Patton's death were Bob Moore II, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to five years in prison, and Schanda Handy, who pleaded guilty to the same charge and received a probated sentence.