Extended scientific investigation of one strand of what appears to be human hair has caused a one-year delay in the Wells County trial of a man charged with murdering his estranged wife, a woman from Berne.
The trial in Wells Circuit Court of Tyler White, 28, of Bluffton for allegedly shooting to death Amy White in a marital dispute on October 27, 2009, has been postponed until September 26, 2011. The trial had been scheduled to start next Monday.
According to the Bluffton News-Banner, on September 17, a private investigator working for the defense and a Wells County Sheriff's Department's detective discovered what appeared to be a human hair in a gun box in Amy White's vehicle.
The hair was sent to the Indiana State Police laboratory in Fort Wayne for tests to determine whether it matched Amy White's hair. The ISP reported there was "no detectable DNA" on the hair.
On September 21, the hair was sent to Bode Technology in Virginia for more analysis, but those tests will not be done until late November or early December, so the trial was moved back a year, to September 26, 2011.
Amy White, 28 and living in Geneva at the time, was shot twice in the garage of a house in rural Bluffton.
A native of Berne, Amy White was an assistant girls' cross-country coach at South Adams High School and had assisted in coaching other sports there. She was a 1999 graduate of South Adams and the leading female basketball scorer in school history.
She was a graduate of the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, had played basketball for USF for two years, and was an assistant women's basketball coach there.
Her father, Mike Meyer, is a Berne resident. The Whites' son was 16 months old at the time of the death.