Jordan White, the small-time Miami Gardens rapper who was charged in a fatal shooting despite being in Mexico at the time of the slaying, is a free man.
Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped a murder charge against White, 20, whose attorney had presented phone, social media and travel records showing he was south of the border at the time of the crime.
“I’m very grateful. They knew I didn’t do it,” White said after Tuesday’s court hearing.
After the announcement, Miami-Dade prosecutor Richard Scruggs warmly shook hands with White and his parents, and wished him safety on the rough-and-tumble streets of Miami Gardens.
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Said his attorney, Simon Steckel: “I said he was innocent from day one, and this dismissal is a vindication.”
Miami Gardens police initially accused White of being one of three men who gunned down Kenzy Duroseau, 20, on March 29 in front of his house in the 2900 block of Northwest 158th Street.
The case was built on the word of one witness who recalled White, a rapper known as “White Boy,” from a music video posted online. Another man, Desmond Owens, 19, was also charged, and is awaiting trial.
But White was with friends in the northern Mexican state of Sonora at the time, according to Steckel. After police obtained an arrest warrant for him, White returned to Miami to surrender.
Confronted with proof he had been in Mexico around the time of the shooting, prosecutors in May agreed to release White from jail as they investigated the case. White was released nine days after the Miami Herald first reported on his claims.
“These charges should have never been brought against him in the first place,” said White’s father, Henry White. “This was a rush to judgment.”