A California man let an old friend stay with him for what was supposed to be a couple weeks. Now, that houseguest is under arrest, a suspect in the triple slaying of the man, his mom and stepdad, cops say.
Friends and family of murder victim Phillip White, 65, told the Los Angeles Times that White was trying to get his houseguest, Nancy Jackson, to move on and head to Las Vegas as she had promised. On Tuesday evening, the bodies of White—along with his mother Orsie Carter, 79, and her husband William Carter, 83 — were discovered by the victims' son and grandson.
Los Angeles police first said they were searching for 55-year-old Jackson as a material witness. Then early Thursday morning, cops arrested Jackson under suspicion of murder, and she is currently being held without bond.
The crime was discovered after one of White's neighbors noticed that Orsie Carter's Mercedes had been parked at the house for an unusually long time, and called White's son to check on them.
When White's son tried to get in the Spanish-style home, the door was locked, so he walked around the house, looking in windows. Through the bathroom window, he saw the bodies of his father and grandparents stacked on top of each other and called police.
"Without being too vivid, it's a case where you have three bodies piled on each other in some way," Los Angeles Police Capt. Peter Whittingham told reporters at NBC News Los Angeles. All three victims showed signs of blunt force trauma to their heads, while White and his mother were also shot.
At the scene, there was no sign of forced entry and valuables were left out in the open and untouched, police told reporters.
White, a retired probation officer, had told friends Jackson was an old friend who had fallen on hard times, the Los Angeles Times reported. KTLA reported that investigators said they may have been romantically involved, and Jackson may have also been helping to care for White, who had multiple sclerosis.
When White decided that it was time for Jackson to move on to Las Vegas as she had originally promised, Jackson refused, which upset White and his family, neighbors told the Los Angeles Times.
Family members told KTLA that White was so frustrated with the situation, he had been planning to take legal action to evict Jackson from his home.
On the day of their murder, White's mother and stepfather had driven from their home in Baldwin Hills to help their disabled son, giving him injections and helping him out around the house — something they did quite often, KTLA reported.
[Photo credit: Nancy Jackson's driver's license, supplied by the LAPD]