- Cullman, Alabama

January 5, 2014

Christmas stabbing victim not pressing charges against hitchhiker

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — The Christmas Day stabbing victim is not filing charges against the hitchhiker who attacked him after he gave him a ride.

David Lalone of New Mexico is not seeking charges against Ronald Morris White, 61, of Mississippi, who stabbed Lalone after he offered him a ride from Pell City to Cullman. Cullman assistant police chief Craig Green said White was initially arrested for public intoxication on Dec. 25 following the report that he had stabbed the complainant.

“There’s not going to be any charges filed by the victim and the district attorney’s office because the victim lives out of state and had no interest in returning for the court process. He just wanted to mark it up as a lesson learned,” Green said. “He and his wife have traveled home and don’t wish to be attached to the court proceedings.”

Green said Lalone’s liver was cut during the stabbing incident and he was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center where a surgical procedure was performed later that night.

“At this point, the case has been dropped at the victim’s request,” Green said.

Local volunteer and retired CRMC staff member Don Sanders said the community came together and provided food and financial donations to the Lalone family after receiving word about the situation.

“David and his wife Michelle have a ministry with the homeless in Arizona and when this happened, several area churches and other local residents helped purchase the expense of their hotel rooms while David recovered and also brought them meals each day,” Sanders said. “It was just amazing that the people of Cullman saw a need and met it for total strangers. I just thought it was a great story about how kind the people of this area are and willing to volunteer to help others in their time of need.”

* Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.