Lake Wales man charged in grandmother's stabbing death
Polk County sheriff's deputies charged a 23-year-old Lake Wales man Sunday with killing his grandmother by stabbing her to death in a bathtub. In an arrest affidavit, Christopher Chase Whaley said his grandmother's last words to him before she died were, "I love you." Whaley, who had lived with his grandmother, 69-year-old Barbara Denmark, in Lake Wales for five years, was charged with first-degree murder. Deputies said the two got into an argument while in Daytona Beach on Saturday, though Whaley said he was so intoxicated he could not recall what the argument was about.When they returned to Denmark's home at 5137 N. Scenic Highway, Lot 15, Whaley went into the kitchen, grabbed two knives and, with a knife in each hand, began stabbing his grandmother as she took a bath, investigators said. He told deputies he stabbed her more times than he could count. He intended to walk to his aunt's home and kill her also, but after hearing his grandmother's last words, decided to call 911, the affidavit said. "Come get me," he said to the 911 dispatcher. "Chris is angry because he's been forced to come home and couldn't stay with his new best friends and party so he decides, 'I'll just kill Grandmother. Not only her but I'll kill my aunt,''' said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. Whaley was inside the home when deputies arrived and was kneeling over his grandmother's body, cradling her head. He surrendered without incident, deputies said. David Alexander, Denmark's nephew, called the incident a "tragedy.'' "The family is distraught in all ways that can be imagined,'' Alexander said. Alexander said Denmark helped raise not only her children but her grandchildren. "Her whole life was children - she always took care of them, no matter what,'' Alexander said. Whaley is being held without bail in the Polk County Jail.