Denison teen dies at home

A 15-year old Denison boy died at his home in the early morning hours of Jan. 8 and police have arrested Robert James Gray Jr. on a single count of murder in connection with the death.

A prepared statement from the Denison Police Department said paramedics were called to the 300 block of W. Monterey about a 15-year-old boy who was not breathing.

When paramedics arrived, they found Brandon White unresponsive. The teen was later pronounced dead and transported to Dallas for autopsy. An autopsy report showed that the teen had been asphyxiated.

The statement said that at the time of Brandon’s death, only three other people were in the house with him. According to the affidavit used to get an arrest warrant in the case, that included his mother, Holly Rene White, Gray, and Brandon’s 12-year-old brother.

According to the affidavit, Brandon White was autistic, bipolar and sometimes suffered from seizures. His mother told police Brandon had not taken medication for those medical issues for about two weeks because they could not afford them. She said she and Gray were taking turns watching Brandon. When she went to bed at around midnight, she said, she left him in Gray’s care. She said that Gray woke her at around 2 a.m. saying there was something wrong with Brandon. The affidavit said she found her son to be cold to the touch and that she couldn’t find his pulse. She called 911.

When DPD arrived, they found Brandon to have binding marks around his ankles, hands and mouth. The affidavit said it appeared as though the teen had been gagged. He also had red marks on his face and swelling in the area of his right cheek and upper lip.

After securing an arrest warrant, investigators located Gray in Denison about 3:50 p.m. on Jan. 9 and took him into custody without incident. He was later taken to the Grayson County Jail under a $500,000 bond. If convicted, a 1st degree felony carries up to 99 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.

DPD says the investigation is continuing and other charges may eventually be filed in the case.