Anthony Darnell Wade Tried to Pass Off Woman He Raped, Robbed, Murdered as "Sugar Mama"

See the update on Page 2 with Wade's lawyer saying he's guilty of rape and murder but was out of his mind so he should be spared the death penalty. The prosecution disagrees.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 26, 7:30 A.M.: A death penalty trial begins this morning for--if authorities are to be believed--a dirty rotten no good scum of the Earth.

To put it mildly.

Anthony Darnell Wade is the drifter accused of brutally murdering 84-year-old widow Bessie Mae Whyman in her Anaheim home in January 2010.

Anthony Darnell Wade to Face Death Penalty in Brutal Rape, Torture, Murder of 84-Year-Old Widow
Bessie Whyman, 2010 OC Homicide No. 3: 84-Year-Old Robbed, Tortured and Murdered

Bessie Mae Whyman, R.I.P.
Whyman, an absolute doll according to her family, former co-workers and neighbors, was sleeping in her Paradise Road home around midnight on Jan. 10, 2010, when then-26-year-old Wade is accused of breaking in, binding her 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 then alleged to have wrapped her body in a blanket, ransacked her home, and taken her purse and car.

Wade was apprehended in Highland in San Bernardino County shortly after the gruesome crime scene was discovered. He allegedly had credit cards and the car of Orange County's third murder victim of 2010.

He 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.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas convened a special panel of prosecutors and ultimately decided to see the death penalty for Wade, now 28, of Los Angeles.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in Santa Ana.

Sponsor Content

Now Trending

From the Vault