White heads to trial for 2015 murder


By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@civitasmedia.com



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Trevor White is scheduled to go before a jury Feb. 7 in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas for his alleged role in the 2015 murder of Eric Zaffer.

He declined to enter a plea Jan. 9 during a final pretrial hearing.

White, 20, hails from Sullivan and is accused of being part of a criminal trio that killed the 45-year-old Zaffer at his Brighton Township home in August 2015.

Bishop Howard, 19, shot Zaffer through a window. He along with White and Ryan Crews, 23, proceeded to burglarize the house before setting it on fire, according to prosecutors.

Howard received a life sentence without the possibility for parole for the murder of both Zaffer and Farris Jones, 61, of Carlisle Township. Howard beat Jones to death with a baseball bat at his home before he and a then-14-year-old boy covered the body in broken eggs and stole an antique firearm.

Crews was sentenced to 22 years to life after pleading guilty on Jan. 3, just one week before his trial was set to begin.

The morning of the fire, White, Howard, and Crews broke into the Elyria Country Club in Carlisle Township and stole various snack foods, police have said. Officers received an anonymous tip in that investigation that led them to a house shared by Howard and Crews.

At the home, the stolen food was discovered along with the rifle used to kill Zaffer, a cell phone belonging to him, and a Giant Eagle Advantage card in his name.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

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By Jonathan Delozier

jdelozier@civitasmedia.com