According to an arrest affidavit, Jason told authorities he shot his father over the weekend after an argument.
SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - A Smith County family is spending their Father's Day in mourning following the death of 62-year-old Steve White. He was allegedly shot in his driveway by his son late Saturday night, just hours before Father's Day.
Released by the Smith County Sheriff's Department:
A Smith County man was arrested late [Saturday] night for murder.
James Jason White, age 40, was taken into custody by the Smith County Sheriff's Office for shooting and killing his father, Steven Lacey White, age 62, on Eastside Drive.
On June 15 at 11:15 p.m., Smith County Dispatch received a medical call for chest pains at that location. Upon arrival, EMS personnel observed that Steven White had been shot in the chest. The victim was transported to ETMC-Tyler where he was pronounced by Justice of the Peace #2 Gary Alfred.
Smith County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies responded to the scene and took James White into custody for murder. They then contacted SCSO detectives and crime scene investigators who quickly arrived at the scene to continue the investigation.
An arrest warrant charging White with murder was issued by 114th State District Judge Christi Kennedy. James White was booked in to the Smith County Jail where he remains on $500,000 bond.
The reason for the shooting is still under investigation. No other information is available.