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Execution date set for man convicted of killing family for 1 million dollars

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported the execution date of an adult male, who arranged the murder of his family for $1 million inheritance. According to official records, Thomas Whitaker, a 37-year-old man from Sugar Land, was convicted of a murder-for-hire scheme and will enter the Huntsville death chamber on February 22, 2019. In fact, the decision was made after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal.

As recorded by the court, Thomas Whitaker had made an offer, which follows: to take responsibility for the murder of his mother and brother and accept life sentences. However, his offer was rejected by prosecutors since they didn’t find any sign of remorse in it. 

Investigation showed that Whitaker attempted to murder his family several times before. The slaughter took place in 2003, according to the arranged scenario, when the four members of the family came home after celebrating Thomas Whitaker’s “graduation” from Sam Houston State University in a restaurant. As soon as they entered the home, Whitaker’s two friends, armed with guns and posing as burglars, shot Patricia Whitaker, 51, and Kevin, 19, to death. Whitaker’s father was also shot, but fortunately, he didn’t die.

Following the incident, Thomas Whitaker escaped to Mexico after stealing $10,000 from his father. Months later, when he was stopped by the police, his father started a legal process against the capital case.

As for Whitaker’s friends, Chris Brashear, the gunman, pleaded guilty in 2007 and is currently serving life in prison on a murder charge. Steve Champagne, the driver, took a prison term of 15 years.