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Death Of Viola Woman Ruled A Homicide; Husband Says He's Not Responsible


The Mercer County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy performed on 39-year-old Melissa White of Viola, shows she died of blunt force trauma.

Dale said Tuesday, that White's death is now being treated as a homicide. Police were called to White's home on 14th Street about 8 p.m. Friday night. Police say a family member found White lying on the ground behind her home. White was transported to a hospital and then on to Peoria where police say she died from her injuries.

The Viola Police Department and the Mercer County Sheriff's Department are running a joint investigation. Deputies say there are no suspects yet in the case but say it is still early in their investigation.

White leaves behind two children she had with her husband William "Pete" White. Mr. White contacted KWQC Tuesday and asked to be interviewed because he said he wanted to tell his side of the story.

White says people are wrongfully accusing him of having something to do with his wife's death and he wanted to set the record straight.

According to the Illinois courts website, Melissa White had an order of protection against her husband. In an interview, Mr. White talked openly about that order of protection and about how he's been arrested in the past for violating it. He talks about drug use and other arrests and the fact that he and his wife had recently separated. But he says he had nothing to do with his wife's death.  

"I need everyone to know that I ain't got nothing to do with this.  I was at home.  I have proof that I was at home, somewhat, some proof," said William "Pete" White, the victim's husband.

"She always wanted to be happy and she was all about her kids.  She saved my life nine years ago.  I've been in trouble a lot, driving, drugs, and I met her about nine years ago in Viola.  She was, she took me in because I didn't have nowhere else to go.  Like I said, she saved my life and I'm pretty sure I'd either be dead or doing a life sentence somewhere because I just didn't care about nothing and when I met her, she gave me everything to care about.  I've professed my love for her this whole time until about a week ago when, uh, that's when I finally figured out that she doesn't want anything to do with me.  So you know, I said some bad things about her, filthy things.  And now I totally regret it because now a week later, here we are and it makes me seem like just the devil.  But did I want something bad to happen to Melissa?  Never in my life.  I'd give my life in a heartbeat for her or my kids, to turn everything around," said White.



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