Anthony Darnell Wade to Face Death Penalty in Brutal Rape, Torture, Murder of 84-Year-Old Widow

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Anthony Darnell Wade is accused of breaking into a sleeping Bessie Whyman's Paradise Road home in Anaheim on Jan. 10, 2010, and binding the 84-year-old widow's hands and feet, repeatedly punching and kicking her, brutally raping her, torturing her, and stabbing her numerous times with a kitchen knife to murder her. He is accused of then wrapping her body in a blanket, ransacking her home, taking her purse and stealing her car.

Today, the Orange County district attorney's office announced it will seek the death penalty against the 26-year-old Los Angeles man.

The Weekly first covered the horrific crime and Wade's capture here:


Wade, who was apprehended shortly after the gruesome crime scene was discovered, was indicted on April 22, 2010, on one felony count of special-circumstances murder. The special circumstances include murder in the commission of rape, robbery, burglary and murder with torture. He was also indicted on one felony count each of elder abuse, first-degree robbery, first-degree residential burglary, torture, forcible rape, the unlawful taking of a vehicle, and sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury to an elder.

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Bessie Mae Whyman
While Wade was being held without bail, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas convened a special-circumstances committee to consider whether to impose the death penalty. Besides the DA, the panel consisted of the office's senior assistant, the assistant district attorney in charge of the Homicide Unit and other prosecutors experienced in capital cases.

They discussed, according to the OCDA, "the nature of the crime, the vulnerability of the victim, the defendant's criminal record and other factors. The committee also considers mitigating circumstances presented by the defense attorney." Though the panel considers all this, the final decision on whether to seek the ultimate penalty rests with the DA.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case, which has a motion hearing scheduled for April 1 in Santa Ana.
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lawyer1
lawyer1

what happen to this case? is this dude still in prison? 

Wgentertaiment
Wgentertaiment

i feel very bad for the lady and here family my heart is brockn both ways . she seems like very luvn mother .  anthony was a very special kid and young man whith a lot of talent not a shame to say like a son to me.i think as men we need to tlk to all youth about how special everybody life is so important to other and to you. imbrace it and charis it water and let grow the right way my heart fill your lost my lost breaks my hearts.(yours truly someone who cares.WG)  

Eclark3533
Eclark3533

I new this Guy.went to school with him

debbsie
debbsie

I knew Bessie Mae for over 30 years. I was best friends with her son, Mark and was with him when he sadly died. Mrs. Whyman and I used to reminise about "Marky Boy". What this young man did to her is repulsive, evil and sick. She was a sweet, sweet woman and it sickens me that she had to endure this horrific act. The death penalty is too good for this sicko...I would rather see him serve a life sentence and kept in the general population. The "bad boys" in prison hate creeps like him. If he gets death then he's protected in his own cage.

Vickie Armstrong Rice
Vickie Armstrong Rice

Bessie Mae Whyman was a very kind person. She was always smiling & enjoyed life. This man committed a horrific crime & should be held accountable for his inhumane actions against my/our friend.God Bless You "Beth" Vickie & 593 Family

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Sympathy
Sympathy

My sympathy goes out he the family of Ms. Bessie Mae Whyman, may she rest in peace. What is this world coming to, how sick can you be to commit such a horrible crime. The death penalty is not enough for this sick sick individual.

normalidia
normalidia

Good that's exactly what he deserves, I used to know Mrs. Whyman she was the sweetest lady in the world. She didn't deserve for that to happen to her.

Mitchell
Mitchell

Wait, Gustavo has told us we need more, more, more of this sort of diversatah in the OC.

jme
jme

What kind of 26 year old man in southern California would rape and hurt an old ladie? You gotta be a real BIG loser to stoop that low.. What kind of 26year old man in southern California doesnt have a car where they have to steal someone elses? No wonder hes a Rapist of the elderly..He probally watches ''golden girls'' like its porno.. I never understood young men in southern caifornia who rape women..so many pretty women from all walks of life in the O.C. and this clown cant seem to get laid or even get a steady a job..If he had a job, he wouldnt of took that old ladies purse.. Well for him, hes in HUGE trouble.. hes a halfbreed, and prison inmates are mean to halfbreeds, especially if he raped a woman old enough to be our grandma..If I wanted sex that bad, I would just rob a 7-11 store and pay a a few online hookers with the 7-11 money and have a threesome at a marriot hotel on chapman st. and if I get caught, I will just go to jail for robbery and nothing more.. be out in a few years.. these young men these days dont know how to plan and figure out the consequences of their actions..

owlxg
owlxg

20A at 2000V should begin to do the trick...

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