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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Widow of Murdered Ballard Man Forgives His Alleged Killer

Posted by on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Seattle Times:

Pettigrew Peterson, the widow of David Peterson, 54, said that as a mother and a person of faith she has forgiven her husband’s killer and feels nothing but grief for his family.

The teen’s mother, Yvette Watkins, acknowledged she knows little about the allegations, but said her son had been a good and respectful student from a two-parent household who had been taught the difference between right and wrong.

Byron White, a 17-year-old Ballard High School student, is charged with the murder and, according to the PI, has admitted he committed the crime. David Peterson was apparently murdered for his cellphone.


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The widow's name is Kimberley Dawn Pettigrew Peterson. I don't like the way Seattle Times shortened it, it's neither "first name + last name" nor "last name only".
Posted by originalcinner on March 6, 2014 at 8:43 AM · Report this
I'm a bit confused... at first there was all this talk about this kid being homeless -- where did that come from? Mr. Mudede even included a precious little anecdote quoting a black Ballard High student saying how hard a home was to get....
Why was this drivel reported in the first place?
Posted by ruthw on March 6, 2014 at 8:49 AM · Report this
As of December 2013, there were 2,083 men serving time for murder in Washington state prisons. Another 1,611 were locked up for robbery. Only 1,089 male inmates were in for drug offenses. You can verify my figures here:…

Next time you hear some pinko-commie law professor bad mouthing the American criminal justice system and talking about how mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, think about Byron White and what he did and ask yourself "would I wan to meet that guy in a dark alley?"
Posted by Ken Mehlman on March 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM · Report this
I'm glad she forgives him, but society shouldn't.

Murdering a man for his phone is very close to the textbook definition of an unforgiveable crime.

I hope this case will also shut up some of the "culture" apologists in the crowd; this kid had everything he needed to be a decent member of society and instead he chose to be a murderous piece of garbage.

He deserves everything coming to him and more.
Posted by It's Nobody Else's Fault Hippies on March 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 5
She clarified that she forgives him and also believes he should spend the rest of his life in prison.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on March 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 6
Sorry, here's the link.
Peterson’s widow, Kimberly Dawn Pettigrew Peterson, expressed forgiveness for the teen and compassion for his family in a phone interview Monday.

But she was angry Wednesday after reading the teen’s alleged comment’s on the quality of her husband’s phone.

“I want him to spend the rest of his life in prison,” she said. “Just because I forgive him does not mean he should not have to face the consequences for his actions.”…
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on March 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
this is just sad and tragic all the way around. gun culture wins again. as a person who has lost a sibling to murder (handgun) i feel loss and sadness for all parties involved. just stupid kid with easy access to a pistol. condolences to the petigrew family. no time for trolls.
Posted by juan gabriel on March 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 8
@7, your position is mine. plain and simple.
Posted by Charles Mudede on March 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 9
#7 you and I have "easy" access to a gun too. That is not what makes a man a killer with a gun. In fact I grew up with rifles and never shot a human being. This is not the "gun culture" playing out. This is something else. I don't condone the action at all, as you say it is sad, but not all the way around. I have to treat White not like a stupid kid, but like a thinking rational human being, until he proves otherwise. He has proven otherwise and now enters the realm of being a murderer.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on March 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 10
The particulars make this homicide tragically pointless. after failing to rob Petersen of his phone, White was walking away. Petersen called 911, White heard it, came back, and shot him.

2nd degree, 25 to life, out in 15. He'll be in his early 30s.
Posted by Max Solomon on March 6, 2014 at 10:28 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 11
@7: Yes, this is no time for trolls but there's always time for the shift key. I know the ambiance of e.e. cummings is seductive, but such typing is hard to read.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Posted by venomlash on March 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM · Report this
@9 is fundamentally correct, and @7 & @8 comments reveal themselves to be fundamentally mentally ill.
Posted by sgt_doom on March 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM · Report this
@1: Well, they interviewed her; I'm sure she told them that's what she goes by. And using just the last name can be confusing when there is more than one person in the story with the same last name.

Posted by bigyaz on March 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM · Report this
lark 15
Indeed, as @ 5 & 6 said, Ms. Pettigrew Peterson was quite angry according to this morning's paper. I'm not surprised especially considering what Mr. White apparently uttered regarding the type of cell phone he expected and his insistance on killing Mr. Peterson because Mr. White was seen by him.

This was a mean spirited crime plain and simple. I don't believe it was "gun culture". My understanding is, Mr. White didn't obtain the gun legally. That may end up adding years to his sentence should he be convicted.

My condolences to the Pettigrew family.
Posted by lark on March 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 16
At least his mother turned the shitbird in. That always puts a silver lining on these kinds of stories to me. When a family member of a criminal *doesn't* cover for them.
Posted by keshmeshi on March 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM · Report this
He's a very bad guy and locking up bad guys has seemed to reduce the murder rates on the outside, so it should continue.

Reducing the availability of guns also seems to lower murder rates so it should start, if it can. Personal responsibility is cool, but though I hold myself to a high standard in not shooting people I don't expect that would save me from being shot
Posted by alfresco on March 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM · Report this
lark 18
@16 Agree. It must be hearbreaking for Mr. White's mother.
Posted by lark on March 6, 2014 at 2:07 PM · Report this

Your numbers only look at state prisons.

This narrow view misses all the people confined in jails, detention centers, federal prisons, and under the supervision of community corrections.

For obvious reasons the drug offenders are far more likely to be locked up in these other locations. And when you look more broadly at the number of persons behind bars you will see that the percentage confined for non-violent crimes is much higher.

That being said- Washington has done a great job reducing the number of drug offenders it puts behind bars over the past 15-20 years through changing filing standards and laws and through implementing collaborative courts and diversion. Washington has a much lower percentage of drug offenders behind bars than many other states.

Call me a pinko-commy but there are still too many drug offenders behind bars.
Posted by WashingtonTenant on March 6, 2014 at 6:21 PM · Report this

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