Texas father of the death-row inmate son who is scheduled family killings asks for mercy

Mar. 12, 2018: Kent Whitaker speaks with journalists after the set up of the chairman of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare the life of his son, Thomas Whitaker.


The father of a Texas man to die for the plans of a fatal domestic violence attack in 2003, allegedly asked the state last week to spare his son’s death.

Kent Whitaker survived the attack set up by Thomas Whitaker, who left his wife Tricia and his other son Keith is dead. He had a bullet wound near his heart, according to Reuters.

“I’m going to be thrown into a deeper grief in the hands of the state of Texas, in the name of justice,” Whitaker said in an interview with David Gutierrez, the chairman of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles in Austin, according the Austin American-Statesman.

Whitaker, family, and the family of his wife did not want Texas to execute the man, Reuters reported, quoting the petition for clemency. However, the government has never spared of a death row inmate on the basis of the request of the family only. The panel’s final decision will come Tuesday, two days before the scheduled execution.

Reuters, citing court documents, reported that money may have been the motivating factor for Thomas Whitaker to arrange the murders. Chris Brashear, Whitaker’s roommate, shot the father, mother and brother after the family returned home from dinner.

Thomas Whitaker appears in a booking photo from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville, Texas.

(Texas Department of Criminal Justice/handout via Reuters)

Court documents reportedly said Brashear shot Whitaker in the biceps, so it appears to be a random attack.

Two other men involved in the murders helped prosecutors pin the crime on Whitaker as the mastermind behind the attack and were given lesser sentences. Brashear received a life sentence. The prosecutors believe Whitaker is a sociopath and a master manipulator, according to Reuters.

Kent Whitaker, the petition states that a commutation would save extra grid and a model prisoner has earned his son’s mercy, according to the Statesman.

“We are not asking them to forgive him or to let him go, but we want them to let him live,” Whitaker said.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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