In March 2007, a jury convicted Bart Whitaker of the capital murder of his mother and his younger brother. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection. The shooter, Brashear, received life in prison without parole. The getaway driver, Champagne, got 15 years for his role.
"How do I reconcile what Bart did to his family?" Slot said. "I'm only left with the conclusion that Bart Whitaker is a sociopath -- a true sociopath."
Bart's reaction to that assessment: "Well, then I am what I am."
At his son's sentencing, Kent Whitaker took the witness stand to plead for his son's life, but to no avail. The jury sentenced Bart to death. And when that day comes, Kent said that he plans to be there, supporting his son to the end.
"He's an amazing man," Bart said. "And, whether or not I'm a person incapable of love, I am a person capable of feeling a very deep respect for that man."
Incredibly, Kent Whitaker remains steadfast in his ability to forgive. He's even written a book, "Murder by Family," in which he tracks the pain, the tears and the faith that carried him through it all. He also details the letters between father and son, including a letter he wrote to Bart that ends with, "My son, I love you. All is forgiven."