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Execution Report: George Whitaker

George Whitaker
George Whitaker
Executed on 12 November 2008

George H. Whitaker III, 37, was executed by lethal injection on 12 November 2008 in Huntsville, Texas for killing his ex-girlfriend's sister in her home.

On 15 June 1994, Whitaker, then 23, drove to the home of Mary Carrier in Crosby. Whitaker had been dating Carrier's daughter, Catina, but she had recently broken up with him because of his abusive behavior. Whitaker told Mrs. Carrier that he was returning some of Catina's belongings. She told him to leave them on the porch. Whitaker then pulled out a .45-caliber pistol and forced his way inside the home. He shot Carrier once in the shoulder. Carrier's 5-year-old daughter, Ashley, ran upstairs. Whitaker followed her upstairs, where he pistol whipped her into unconsciousness. He then found Carrier's 16-year-old daughter, Shakeitha, on the second floor and shot her once in the head. Returning downstairs, Whitaker found Mrs. Carrier fleeing through the front door. After retrieving more bullets from his vehicle, Whitaker caught up with her behind the house and shot her again in the right shoulder.

Ashley's skull was fractured in two places. She was taken by helicopter to the hospital, where she underwent surgery. She suffered some permanent brain damage. Mary Carrier had permanent nerve damage and lost the use of her right hand. Shakeitha - who was known as "Kiki" - died. Whitaker's former girlfriend, Catina, was not at her parents' home at the time of the shooting.

Whitaker was arrested at an apartment where he was drinking beer with another girlfriend. He tried to avoid the police by jumping out of a window. Police shot him in the hip because they thought he was reaching for a gun.

"The expression on his face ... it didn't look right to me," Mary Carrier testified at Whitaker's trial. She said when Whitaker forced his way into the house, she ordered Ashley to run upstairs, then begged Whitaker not to hurt her children. "I heard Kiki cry, 'George, please don't!' And then a shot."

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