A jury has found Terry Lee White guilty of killing his wife’s ex-husband, former Bernalillo County firefighter Don Fluitt.
White was found guilty of murder, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence Friday afternoon in state District Court in Albuquerque.
“We hope today’s verdict will help the victim’s family begin to heal knowing the man responsible was found guilty for this senseless and tragic murder,” District Attorney spokesman Michael Patrick said after the verdict announcement Friday afternoon.
Fluitt was found stabbed to death in the garage of his Northwest Albuquerque home on Dec. 29, 2016. Fluitt and his ex-wife, Christine White, have a daughter together; she was 11 at the time of her father’s death.
Christine White once faced conspiracy charges in connection with Fluitt’s death. According to a criminal complaint filed in her case, her husband told an inmate that she told him to “do this for your family.” Her case has since been dismissed “pending further investigation” by prosecutors and police.
Prosecutor Natalie Strub said in her opening statement Tuesday that Terry White’s DNA was found under Fluitt’s fingernails and said that Terry White sneaked into Fluitt’s garage as he returned home after dropping his daughter off with her mother.
In recent years, Fluitt had been working for a company that provides support and care to individuals with developmental disabilities. His daughter called his co-workers when she was unable to reach him, and they found his body when they went to his house to check on him.
White later told a fellow jail inmate that he and his wife worried their custody arrangement was going to change, police said, and he described stabbing 54-year-old Fluitt with a steak knife.