LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Steven White was on trial since Tuesday in Polk County on a murder charge. He faced up to life in prison for the crime.
White, however, still has felony charges pending for tampering with physical evidence. The judge granted White a personal recognizance, or bond, to be released.
White turned himself in to authorities on July 20, 2015 after he and his attorney met with a Texas Ranger at a Livingston business.
Jackson was killed at 201 West 2nd Street in Corrigan on July 18, 2015 during a fight with White. Some of Jackson's family members said that White was abusing Jackson's cousin, TaiAnna Harrell. They said that when Jackson forced his way into the home in an effort to help Harrell.
During closing arguments on Thursday, the prosecution and the defense wanted their points to be heard loud and clear.
The defense attorneys touched on Jackson's violent history, saying he was known to be a brawler, and since he was a big man, White was defending himself.
However, the prosecution countered by saying there was no reason Jackson should've lost his life for defending someone, and he was turning his life around.
When White took the stand earlier Thursday, he showed remorse for what he did when pictures of Jackson's body was displayed.
However, the prosecution said his tears won't bring back the 21-year-old.