Violent Crime

Scott White a Santa Cruz resident pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 78-year-old Helen Morrow

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A 29-year-old man pleaded guilty today to fatally stabbing an elderly woman last year, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Scott White, a Santa Cruz resident, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a knife enhancement in the death of 78-year-old Helen Morrow, prosecutors said. On April 13, officers responded to Morrow’s home where they found her stabbed in the head by White, who had been playing video games with her grandchildren, according to prosecutors.

Morrow received medical attention for her injuries, but was taken off life support the following day, prosecutors said. The crime is an offense under the state’s three strikes law, according to prosecutors. White is scheduled for sentencing on March 2, when he faces 15 years to life in prison and a year on the knife enhancement, prosecutors said.

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