Suspect in Waxenfelter murder arraigned
Three years years after being accused of killing a Clackamas County weighmaster, Dirck Morgan White made his first appearance in an Oregon courtroom.
On Friday, Feb. 17, White was arraigned on the charge of fatally shooting Estacada resident Grady Waxenfelter in February 2014. Waxenfelter, enforcing trucking regulations, had stopped White's vehicle at Highway 224 and Amisigger Road for hauling wood in a trailer without a license plate.
During the stop, White allegedly shot Waxenfelter in the head and fled.
White managed to avoid law enforcement officials until the end of 2014, when he was involved in a shootout with police in Los Angeles. This incident led him to a Los Angeles County Court, where he was charged with attempted murder, assault on a police officer with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, exhibiting a deadly weapon while resisting arrest and second-degree burglary of a vehicle in May 2016. He was sentenced to 38 years and eight months to life in prison.
On Thursday, Feb. 16, White was extradited to Clackamas County to face charges in the Waxenfelter shooting. His trial is scheduled for May.