Crime Judge sets execution date for Sugar Land, Texas man who had family killed for $1 million inheritance

16:41  07 november  2017
16:41  07 november  2017 Source:   Chron

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A Sugar Land man convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme to off his own family in hopes of snagging a plump $ 1 million inheritance is now slated for execution early next year, according to court papers filed this month.

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FILE - This undated FILE photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Thomas Whitaker. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, Tuesday refused to consider an appeal from Whitaker, of suburban Houston, who arranged the killings of his mother and brother in 2003 so he could collect a $1 million inheritance. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File) © AP FILE - This undated FILE photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Thomas Whitaker. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, Tuesday refused to consider an appeal from Whitaker, of suburban Houston, who arranged the killings of his mother and brother in 2003 so he could collect a $1 million inheritance. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File) A Sugar Land, Texas man convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme to off his own family in hopes of snagging a plump $1 million inheritance is now slated for execution early next year, according to court papers filed this month.

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A Fort Bend County judge on Wednesday signed the papers that could send Thomas Whitaker, who used the cover of a faked burglary to mask the murder of his mother and brother, to the Huntsville death chamber on Feb. 22.

"This is a case in which retributive justice plays no part," attorney James Rytting said late Monday. "The victim in this case is father who does not want his child to die. It seems that this case shows that the only victim's right that counts is the right of vengeance - you don't have a right to mercy."

Just after a 2003 celebratory dinner marking his supposed graduation from Sam Houston State University - a milestone that never happened - Whitaker arranged for two friends to wait at the family home for a burglary set-up.

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When the family of four returned home from the restaurant, a gunman opened fire as they walked through the door, killing 51-year-old Patricia Whitaker and 19-year-old Kevin. Only Whitaker's father survived the attack.

Afterward, as police probed the killings, Whitaker stole $10,000 from his father and fled to Mexico.

When authorities picked him up 15 months later, his father hired an attorney to argue against the capital case.

The pair of slayings came after three years of planning and at least one previous murder attempt, according to court papers.

Triggerman Chris Brashear pleaded guilty to murder a decade ago and took a life sentence, while the getaway driver - Steve Champagne - agreed to a 15-year plea deal.

But a Fort Bend jury settled on a death sentence for the mastermind behind the plot, and after more than a decade of legal battles, the condemned man lost out in the Supreme Court last month.

He does not have any pending appeals, Rytting said.

Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey declined to comment.

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