The trial phase that will determine if Patrick Wharen Sr. will spend his life in prison or face a death sentence in a 2008 double homicide continues today.
A jury unanimously found Wharen, 41, guilty of 2 counts of 1st-degree premeditated murder Thursday. The same jury, which convened Monday, will determine Wharen’s fate. The state finished calling witnesses Monday afternoon, and the defense began with its witnesses. Proceedings are expected to conclude today.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the Frontenac man.
Wharen killed his estranged wife, Kelly Wharen, 34, and a 19-year-old man with whom Kelly Wharen lived, Jonathon Vuick, 19.
The night of April 4, 2008, Wharen went to the Frontenac home his wife shared with Vuick. A confrontation involving his daughter and his wife ensued. Defense attorneys said the confrontation pushed Wharen over the edge, though prosecutors argued he went there to kill Kelly Wharen and Vuick.
Wharen shot his wife once before his son, Patrick Wharen Jr., 15 at the time, tried to stop him. They struggled, and the 45-caliber gun fired, wounding both father and son.
Wharen continued on toward the home, where he fired 7 shots through the front door, hitting Vuick 6 times. He pursued his wife, who had fled into the home, and shot her again several times, killing her.
(source: Florida Today)