Thursday, February 21, 2008
LLANO — A man who pleaded guilty to killing his father told a Llano County jury Wednesday that he hit his father with a liquor bottle and strangled him before leaving the next day with about $1,000 from the Horseshoe Bay home.
"It was a complete accident, and I'm not going to re-enact it because I'm moving forward with my life," Darin White said after a prosecutor asked him to show a jury how he strangled Charlie White Sr. with an electrical cord. Charlie White, a 73-year-old multimillionaire, was killed Nov. 11, 2005.
Darin White and his attorneys said the crime was an act of "sudden passion" after years of verbal and physical abuse by his father. Such crimes are considered second-degree murder and carry a maximum punishment of 20 years in jail, but a first-degree murder conviction could bring a sentence of up to 99 years.
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