Kendrex J. White ruled not guilty by reason of insanity for 2017 murder of Harrison Brown
UPDATE: Kendrex J. White was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity during the start of his trial held in Austin for the May 1, 2017 murder of Harrison Brown on the University of Texas Campus.
The trial is still ongoing as of Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., with witness testimony being heard by the judge of the case.
For more information regarding the trial see the weekend edition of The Graham Leader.
Original story published on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
On May 1, 2017 Harrison Brown, a 2016 graduate of Graham High School, died of injuries sustained during a stabbing spree on the University of Texas campus that also injured three other male students. Brown was murdered by White, 21, who is still facing trial for the murder and is attempting to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
The news that Brown, 19, was killed reached Graham by early evening on May 1. By 6 p.m., Graham ISD confirmed Brown’s death on its Facebook page. Reaction to Brown’s death rocked not only his large, extended family, but Graham ISD.
Counselors and youth ministers were at the high school on the following day to talk with students. School officials and community leaders were on hand to simply let students feel their grief in the GHS band hall first thing on the morning of Tuesday, May 2.
GISD students were asked to wear orange – UT’s school color – in Brown’s honor. The GHS Student Council held a candlelight vigil the Tuesday night after Brown’s death at Newton Field. UT students also held a memorial gathering and darkened the UT tower in Brown’s honor.
Brown was involved in many activities in high school. He was involved in track since seventh grade, played football in eighth grade, performed in the One Act Play in 2014-15 as a junior (Grease, We All Fall Down, Picnic), and ran cross-country as a sophomore, junior and senior. The Heart Award was presented to him during the 2015-16 Sports Banquet.
He was frequently on the honor roll, and in 2014, a member of student council. Brown was an escort and performer in the All-American Girl pageant in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In his senior year, he received a huge number of scholarships: Ed Graham III, UT Memorial Scholarship, Edgar Scholarship, Young County Bar Association Scholarship, Graham Savings Scholarship, Agnes C. & Paul K. Deats Memorial Scholarship, J.D. Burke Scholarship, Graham Noon Lions PK Relays Scholarship, Kiwanis Club Scholarship, Class of 1966 Scholarship, First State Bank Scholarship, First Presbyterian/ Peggy & Joe McKinley Scholarship, Helen F. Hawkins Scholarship, G.H.S. Thespian Club Scholarship, Amber Lindley Memorial Scholarship, NCTC Foundation Scholarship, Young County Democrats Scholarship, S.H.A.R.E. Scholarship, and Best All-Around Boy.
According to a story from KXAN of Austin, White’s attorneys will try to persuade the judge alone and not a jury, that White was insane when he committed the crime last year. The prosecution and defense lawyers have each had medical experts examine White.
KXAN of Austin consulted Law professor Jeffrey Abramson who said that if the judge rules White insane at the time of the attack, he will stay in custody for observation and then be sent to a mental health facility. If he is declared sane, the process will move to sentencing and the defense could file an appeal.