Michael White’s lawyers take blame for missing court check-ins since acquittal

Michael White walking out of court.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Lawyers for Michael White were in court Thursday explaining why their client hasn’t checked in with the court since trial, as directed. 

Prosecutors now want him on the stand so they can ask him why.

White was acquitted just a few weeks ago of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of real estate developer Sean Schellenger, near Rittenhouse Square, more than two years ago. 

Since then, White was supposed to check in with court officials, but he missed four days, so the judge ordered a hearing.  

White wasn’t there; his attorneys said he was at work.

White’s defense team, including chief public defender Keir Bradford-Grey, told Judge Glenn Bronson she would take the blame for her client, because she’s the one, she said, who gave White the wrong information about when to check in.   

She apologized, adding it was unintentional.  

Homicide Supervisor Anthony Voci and Bradford-Grey also went back and forth about White’s previous case, and how he had fugitive status at one point because he had an open case for a stabbing.

White still has an open bike theft case, which happened before the stabbing. Prosecutors gave him a diversion program option for it, which means he wouldn’t get jail time but would have to do community service. However, White never showed up, they say, and now they are moving on with that trial. 

Another hearing has been scheduled for later this month.