Michael White in 1st news interview since acquittal: 'I just wanted them to know that I felt remorse'

Cherri Gregg
November 01, 2019 - 4:00 am
Michael White walking out of court.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's been roughly two weeks since a jury acquitted Michael White of all charges except evidence tampering in the 2018 Rittenhouse stabbing death of real estate developer Sean Schellenger. He spoke with KYW Newsradio in his first news interview, alongside his lawyer, for this weekend's episode of Flashpoint.

White says, now that the trial is over, he decided to speak out. He says for 15 months he sat in silence, reading and watching media reports that told stories about the night of July 12, 2018.

"Nobody ever heard from me," he said. "Nobody ever heard out of my mouth, like, 'I am sorry for your loss' or some kind of apology or something like that."

While White could not discuss the facts of the case as he awaits sentencing in December, he says he is working to come to grips with his part in taking a life and the impact it will have on the Schellenger's family.

"I've already come to the terms that they may not ever forgive me, ever," the 22-year-old said. "I just wanted them to know that I felt remorse and this was not, like, an apology tour."

Mark Schellenger, Sean's father, heard about White's apology.

"Doing it via the media, it speaks for itself," he said. "It's very self-serving. You're taught as a kid, if you want to apologize, apologize to someone's face."

The Schellengers have called out the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office for using its discretion to drop the charge of third-degree murder from the trial. They also objected to the use of race in the case.

Mark Schellenger says they are focused on repairing his son's memory.

"He's been smeared, he's been trashed, he's been put on trial," he said. "Sean Schellenger was not a racist, and his entire life was reflective of that."

When asked whether she pulled the "race card" during the case to garner sympathy for her client, Keir Bradford-Grey, chief of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, responded, "There was a racial aspect to this case, and I could not shy away from that."

More of the interview with White and Bradford-Gray will air on KYW Newsradio Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on Flashpoint.