20-Year-Old Man Charged with Murder Out on Bond

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MCALLEN – A McAllen man accused of killing his great-grandmother is out on bond getting treatment for his mental health.

The 20-year-old man is facing first degree murder charge for the death of 92-year-old Jimmie Whisenant.

McAllen police responded to a home on 3rd Street Tuesday morning, where family members reported finding the 92-year-old dead on her bedroom floor.

According to the criminal complaint against the man, he drove to the house while officers were there and told police he wanted to turn himself in.

The complaint said the 20-year-old refused his right to an attorney and told officers that around 4 a.m. he found himself standing over his great-grandmother’s bed.

He told police he pinched her nose and cover her mouth. She struggled and fell to the floor, where he continued suffocating her.

The man claims he didn’t know why he did it but he couldn’t stop, according to the document.

His attorney, Carlos Garcia, said the 20-year-old is now receiving medical treatment in a mental health facility and the family is asking for respect and privacy during this difficult time.

“I just ask for patience. The family asks for patience and for people’s prayers really,” he said. “This family is absolutely shattered. You know they're burying their grandmother, great-grandmother, mother. They're making plans to do that now. And at the same time, one of their sons is receiving the medical treatment that he needs and deserves because of mental illness.”

Garcia said the 20-year-old is distraught over what happened.

An autopsy on the victim is pending.

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