Man charged with murder after AIDS death

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 17, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; A grand jury has handed down two more indictments against a Natchez man accused of knowingly infecting women with the HIV virus &045; one fatally.

Sean Reynald White, 34, of 1-D Lincoln Ave., was booked into the Adams County Jail Friday on grand jury indictments on charges of murder and aggravated assault. No bond has been set.

In late June, White was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly infecting for two women, ages 18 and 26, with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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About three months ago, one of the women died &045; and as a result, White has now been indicted on a murder charge, said Detective Tonja Butler of the Natchez Police Department.

In addition, White was indicted on an aggravated assault charge for allegedly having intercourse with yet another woman while knowing he was infected.

&uot;She is not (known to be) HIV positive at this time, Š but she is being tested,&uot; Butler said.

In addition, other women have been infected by White but have refused to testify because they fear publicity for their families, Butler said.

&uot;Some of them have children. I hate to give a number (of victims), but there are several, but they just refuse to testify,&uot; Butler said.

In fact, Health Department records reviewed by judges in the case refer to White as a &uot;serial infector,&uot; she said.

A trial date has not yet been set for White on the current charges, and no other charges are expected to be filed, Butler said.