LAKE WALES – A young man who detectives say got into an argument with his grandmother was arrested today and charged with stabbing her to death in the bathtub.
Christopher Chase Whaley, 23, was arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide detectives today, and they charged him in the stabbing death of his 69-year-old grandmother, Barbara Denmark, in the mobile home he shared with her in Lake Wales.
Whaley was booked into the Polk County Jail, charged with first degree murder.
He had been living with his grandmother in her mobile home at 5137 N. Scenic Highway, Lot 15, in Lake Wales, for the past five years. He also has an aunt, Cassandra Pippin, who also lives in Polk County.
According to the arrest report, Whaley had decided at some point over the weekend to kill both his grandmother and his aunt, but ultimately changed his mind about killing his aunt.
After stabbing his grandmother to death in the bathtub, detectives say, Whaley decided to call 911 and report the attack.
“He was waiting inside the home when deputies arrived, and turned himself in,” noted Carrie Eleazer, public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the arrest. Continue reading