Crime

Graham man admits to murdering mother of 2

Jonathan Daniel Harris, left, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday in the death of Orting mother Nicole White.
Jonathan Daniel Harris, left, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday in the death of Orting mother Nicole White. Staff file, 2015

A Graham man who killed an Orting woman and dumped her body near Kapowsin Lake last year pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder, second-degree assault and third-degree assault.

Pierce County prosecutors will seek a prison term of 26 years and four months for Jonathan Daniel Harris at his sentencing Sept. 23 in Superior Court.

Harris, now 39, left a Spanaway bar with Nicole White, 28, on June 6, 2015, after meeting through an online dating service.

Prosecutors alleged Harris, 6 feet 7 and 270 pounds, then took the 4-foot-11, 110-pound mother of two home and beat her to death.

As part of his plea deal, Harris agreed to tell prosecutors what he did.

He wrapped White’s body in a tarp and dumped it in the woods near Kapowsin Lake, then drove her car into the trees and walked to his home, detectives said.

Harris returned the next day in his pickup, equipped with an ignition interlock device and a camera.

A photo of Harris in the woods, matched with cellphone records, let detectives narrow their search area. A search dog found White’s body in the tarp June 20, 2015.

A genetic sample taken from a blood stain on the sweatshirt Harris wore to the Spanaway bar June 6 showed White’s DNA.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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