Homicide deputies in Lake Wales arrested Christopher Chase Whaley, 23, on Sunday, and charged him with First Degree Murder in the stabbing death of his 69-year-old grandmother, Barbara Denmark, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the affidavit, Whaley told detectives he had gotten into an argument with his grandmother and his aunt the day before while he was in Daytona Beach. He decided then that when he returned home he would kill them both, the report states.
Whaley has been living with his granny in her mobile home for the past five years. His aunt, Cassandra Pippin, lives in Polk County, according to deputies.
When Whaley returned home, he sat in his bedroom and thought about murdering the two women. He then went into the kitchen, grabbed two knives and stabbed his granny repeatedly while she was taking a bath, according to the report.
Whaley left the room but later returned to find his grandmother out of the tub, unresponsive and lying on her bedroom floor. He decided at that point not to kill his aunt, but instead to call 911 and report the crime, according to the affidavit.
He was waiting inside the home when deputies arrived and turned himself in