The man convicted of beating his girlfriend’s husband to death with a hammer at Ravenswood Riverfront Park in 2007 appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday morning to ask Judge Thomas C. Evans, III, for a new trial.


The man convicted of beating his girlfriend’s husband to death with a hammer at Ravenswood Riverfront Park in 2007 appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday morning to ask Judge Thomas C. Evans, III, for a new trial. 

Larry Samuel White, 34, was convicted in December 2008 of first-degree murder and conspiracy for conspiring with Roseann Osborne to murder her husband, Mohamed Mahrous, at Riverfront Park in Ravenswood on the night of September 17, 2007.

He is currently serving a sentence of life with mercy for the crime. 

White and attorney Matthew Clark originally appeared on June 11, asking Judge Evans to grant a new trial on the basis that the state failed to disclose material to the defense prior to White’s murder trial last year.

At issue was a security tape recording taken from Ravenswood Specialty Services, located across the street from Riverfront Park, that shows the park at the time of the murder.

The June hearing was continued until Monday morning to allow the state time to produce the video recording and show it to the defense.  Interim Prosecuting Attorney Roger Williams mailed the compact disc with the video to Clark’s office on July 15. 

Clark said in court that he did not expect the tape to exonerate his client, but would rather serve to undermine the state’s argument the crime was a premeditated, deliberate act. 

He said that the state’s argument at trial for premeditation was supported by phone records detailing a timeline of the crime, a timeline that is not corroborated by the videotape. 

Judge Evans noted that there had already been evidence presented at the prior hearing that the timestamp on the video was incorrect, but Clark pointed out that it could still be exculpatory on the elements of premeditation and deliberation. 

A copy of the video was submitted to Judge Evans’ office for review. 

Evans asked both Clark and Williams to draft potential, specific orders on how they would like him to rule on the motion for a new trial.  The lawyers have 30 days to submit the orders to him.  Upon reviewing the orders, Evans will act on whether or not to grant White a new trial.