Man Charged with Murder of Southwest Virginia Police Officer Appears in Court

The man charged with Big Stone Gap agent Michael Chandler appeared in court on Tuesday morning.

Michael Donivan White, of Cross, South Carolina, appeared on video from the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon.

He is accused of shooting Big Stone Gap policeman Michael Chandler in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 13. Chandler died later that night from his injuries.

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White’s appearance followed his indictment Monday by a special grand jury in Wise County.

White faces 13 charges in connection with Chandler’s death:

  • Aggravated murder

  • Criminal murder

  • Possession of a controlled substance in Schedule I or II with the intention of distributing

  • Possession of a firearm in possession of a controlled substance in Schedule I or II

  • Shooting in the commission of possession of a controlled substance in Schedule I or II with the intention of distributing

  • Shooting in the murder commission

  • Use of a firearm in the commission of aggravated murder

  • Possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony

  • Possession of ammunition by a convicted felony

  • Brandishing a gun

  • Careless handling of a firearm with serious injuries

  • Unload a firearm in a public place

  • Disorderly conduct

White received a court-appointed lawyer in connection with the hearing and his trial is scheduled to begin on April 11, 2022.

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