The execution of a Texas inmate has been cancelled. Governor Greg Abbott commuted the sentence of Thomas Bart Whitaker to life in prison without parole less than an hour before he was to die last night. Whitaker killed his mother and brother in 2003. Abbott said he's commuting his sentence because Whitaker's father, who was seriously injured during the killings, doesn't want his son to die. Abbott also noted that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously support Whitaker's commutation.
It's the first time a Texas inmate's death sentence has been commuted since 2007.