>> I don't know what they'll choose to do.>> Kent Whitaker survived a deadly domestic attack devised by his son, Thomas Bart Whitaker. And Kent's now pushing the state of Texas to spare his son's life. Bart is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on February 22nd for masterminding a 2003 plot near Houston that left his mother and brother dead.
Kent was left with a bullet wound near his heart. According to the clemency petition, Kent and his relatives, as well as his wife's family, do not want Texas to execute Bart.>> Distract attorneys all over the state of Texas routinely defer to victims on whether or not to spare the life of a killer.
And everyone of us did, and there was a readily available option there where he would spend the rest of his life in jail.>> The devout Christian says if the death penalty is implemented it will only intensify his pain. But Texas has never spared a death row inmate solely at the formal request of a victim's family.
In fact, clemency at the request of a forgiving victim's family has been almost unheard of. That's according to the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center, which noted it did happen in Georgia in 1990.>> What we hope that the Board will do, and the Governor will recognize, is that being a victim's right state should mean something.
And we want them to validate the fact that it does mean something.>> The Panel's decision is due on Tuesday, two days before the execution.