Abilene man found guilty of murdering roommate, beating to death

Larry Dewayne White

An Abilene man was found guilty of 1st Degree Murder Thursday at the Taylor County Courthouse.

Larry Dewayne White was convicted of tying up, gagging, and beating his roommate, Kenneth Wayne Williams, at the home that they shared on the 2100 block of Jeanette Street in south Abilene. The murder occurred in April of 2017.

White told the jury that the killing of his roommate was in self-defense. He admitted that he and Williams were high on meth when they got into a fight.

During the fight, White said that Williams took out a knife and threatened to rob and rape him. After feeling threatened, White admitted to taking matters into his own hands.

Once he realized Williams was dead, he started CPR on him before going over to a neighbor's house to call 911.

While White was on the stand, Taylor County Judge Lee Hamilton dismissed him and ordered a brief recess because he was acting belligerently, and he was not answering the prosecutor's questions.

White was sentenced to 60 years in prison with no fine.

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