Accused killer and victim were ‘couple’, says family

November 17, 2016

The parents of a man murdered in Klamath Falls recently say the suspected killer was not a neighbor but the victim’s live-in girlfriend and that the suspect likely died during the last two weeks.

On Wednesday Herald & News was contacted by Robert White of Lakeview who corrected information published in Tuesday’s issue.

Robert White said he last saw his son, David White, alive Oct. 31, though estimates in court documents filed Monday put the date of death possibly as far back as Oct. 1.

Robert White also said suspect Sheyanna Lisa Ray, 26, was living with David White at the time of his death, though documents filed Monday said Ray lived up the road from David White on Orchard Avenue.

“They were living together as a couple,” said Robert White.

Given the similarities between Robert White’s addresses and Ray’s address listed by the court, it is possible house numbers may have been transposed.

Robert White said he only met Ray twice and knew little about her. He said David White met Ray three months ago while she was panhandling on Sixth Street in Klamath Falls and David White invited her back to his house where Ray took up residence.

Robert White said arrangements have been made to cremate David White and a funeral is being planned for June in the Medford area to allow relatives to attend.

David White’s remains were discovered at his house Saturday on the 2400 block of Orchard Avenue after police received a tip he may have been murdered. Ray was located in Redding, Calif., the next day and taken into custody.

Ray has been accused of killing David White and dismembering his body in an effort to conceal it and avoid prosecution. Further details regarding the cause of death have not been released.

Ray appeared Wednesday for arraignment in Shasta County Superior Court where she waived her right to challenge extradition. Ray is expected to return to Klamath County soon to face charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge said Wednesday he is unable to comment on how Ray’s relationship with David White may have contributed to a potential motive.

“Pursuant to our ethics rules it would be inappropriate to comment on motive,” he said.

Ray has no history of violent arrests in Oregon but has two pending DUII cases from earlier this year in Klamath County and Jackson County. She was arrested in Shasta County, Calif., in 2011 for felony domestic assault and was sentenced to probation, though further details were not immediately available.