Judge orders woman to erase video recording from murder case

By Greg Sowinski

May 1, 2014

LIMA — A woman who tried to secretly record video during a hearing in a murder case was ordered Thursday to delete the files.

The judge released the tablet back to Khadijah White after she erased the file under the watchful eye of Allen County Sheriff Technology Expert Sgt. Terry Sneary.

Sneary watched to make sure the illegal files were erased.

The 20-year-old White was called into court for a contempt hearing Thursday after recording video Monday during the arraignment for Jaquone Phillips.

The matter surfaced when a courtroom deputy noticed the woman using the tablet to record the hearing. The officer confiscated the tablet and told Judge David Cheney.

Cheney ordered the woman appear at a contempt hearing and told her to report back with an attorney.

White appeared Thursday without an attorney. Cheney told her Thursday he would end the case if she would agree to erase the video recordings.

“It will not be tolerated a second time,” Cheney said.

Phillips pleaded not guilty to murder with a gun, felonious assault with a gun and having a gun under a court sanction.

Phillips is charged in the April 12 shooting that killed 19-year-old Marcus Simpson Jr. and the wounding of 21-year-old Devontae Williams. The two men were shot in the parking lot outside H&R Lounge at 114 E. 12th St. at 3:57 a.m.