When the Fluitt family discovered that Don Fluitt had been slain, they were already dealing with a tragedy. Everyone was taken aback by the retired firefighter’s death, and family members demanded to know what had happened immediately away.
NBC News’ ‘Dateline: The Figure in the Garage‘ details how officials identified Terry White as the assailant. He was married to Don’s ex-wife at the time. So, if you’re interested in learning more about what occurred, we’ve got you covered.
Terry White, Who is He?
Authorities began investigating Don’s friends and family after he was discovered in his garage in December 2016. Christine, Don’s ex-wife, was married to Terry White at the time.
Don and Christine had a daughter, who was about eleven years old at the time, and they split care of her. The cops discovered that there was some tension because of an imminent child custody hearing.
On the night of December 28, 2016, security footage from a neighbor’s house captured a hooded figure sneaking into the garage. Don went with his daughter at 8 p.m. that evening to leave her off with Christine, returning minutes later.
The suspect appeared to be aware of Don’s itinerary, since he arrived minutes after Don had gone. The suspect crept inside the garage after the 54-year-old returned. The assault then took place inside.
The cops didn’t go very far until DNA testing of the evidence yielded a new lead. Despite the fact that Don said he hadn’t seen the victim in over a month, Terry’s DNA was discovered under his fingernails.
Terry was apprehended at a truck stop in Arizona after attempting suicide via CO poisoning. The authorities were then informed by an inmate that Terry had confessed to the murder. He’d broken into the garage, gotten into a fight with Don, and then twisted his trachea.
Terry then used a steak knife to slit Don’s throat. The data was consistent with what the medical examiner’s office had discovered at the time.
What Happened To Terry White And Where Is He Now?
Terry allegedly informed the convict that he killed Don because Christine begged him to “do this for your family.” After his release, the same inmate encountered Christine and agreed to smuggle medications to Terry for $200 and her wedding band.
According to a plan he devised with his wife, he intended to commit suicide in prison. However, despite receiving payment, the inmate never carried out his plan. Terry was convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, and tampering with evidence in June 2018.
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He was sentenced to 30 years to life in jail, with an extra 12 years in August of the same year. Terry, who was 51 at the time, maintained his innocence in court, saying, “My counsel wanted me to apologise to the Fluitt family today…” I’ve always maintained my innocence and will continue to do so.
So no, I’m not going to make an apology to the Fluitts for a murder I didn’t commit.” He is still detained at the Lea County Correctional Facility in Hobbs, New Mexico, according to prison records.