TACOMA, WA – Today, as part of a plea agreement, Jonathan Daniel Harris, 30, pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Assault and 3rd Degree Assault in the June, 2015 beating death of Nicole White.
“Justice in this case was a multi-agency, interjurisdictional effort led by Detective John Delgado of Pierce County,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
On June 6, 2015, White picked Harris up from his home and they drove to Jeepers Country Bar and Grill in Spanaway. Several hours later, witnesses saw the two leave the bar together in White’s car. She never made it home and was reported missing on June 7.
Over the next two weeks, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and volunteers conducted an extensive search. On June 20, a K-9 from a volunteer search and rescue team found White’s body at the bottom of wooded ravine south of Lake Kapowsin. Her body was wrapped in a green tarp and was severely decomposed.
Detectives believe that after the two left the bar, they drove back to Harris’ house. He beat White to death and wrapped her in the tarp. Harris loaded White into her car, drove to the wooded area and rolled her down the ravine. Then, he drove her car off the side of the road near his house and walked home.
The next day, according to cell phone records and data stored on the ignition interlock device in his vehicle, Harris drove his car back to the site where he dumped White’s body.
During a search of Harris’ home, detectives located the sweatshirt he was wearing at the bar the night White disappeared. DNA from blood on the sweatshirt was a match to White.
Sentencing is in this case is expected in September. Harris could receive more than 26 years in prison.
For more information, please contact James Lynch at (253) 798-6265, [email protected].