Texas parole board recommends killer be spared from death

Staff Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, in a rare decision, unanimously recommended Tuesday that the death sentence of convicted killer Thomas "Bart" Whitaker be commuted.
Whitaker is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003. Whitaker's father, Kent, also was shot in the attack but survived. He said he wants his 38-year-old son to live.
The recommendation from the seven-member panel goes to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who can accept it or reject it. The governor appoints the parole board...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.