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Court records: McAllen man confessed to killing his great-grandmother

James Bryan Whisenant, 20, of McAllen is charged with murder, a first-degree felony. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

A 20-year-old McAllen man confessed to murdering his 92-year-old great-grandmother on Tuesday, according to the criminal complaint against him.

The investigation started at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday, when the McAllen Police Department dispatched officers to the 5000 block of North 3rd Street.

Officers met with the family of 92-year-old Jimmie Whisenant, who was found dead on her bedroom floor, according to the criminal complaint.

After officers started working on the police report, 20-year-old James Bryan Whisenant approached them.

"Mr. Whisenant walked up to the Officers and told him (sic) that he had killed her and was at location to turn himself in," according to the criminal complaint.

Officers detained James Whisenant and took him to the police department for questioning. Whisenant agreed to speak with police without an attorney present.

According to the criminal complaint:

Mr. Whisenant stated that Ms. Whisenant was his great grandmother and had recently moved in to his house. Mr. Whisenant stated that he fell asleep at approximately 19:00 hrs. yesterday 11/06/2017 and he woke up at approximately 03:00 to 04:00 hrs. this morning. Mr. Whisenant stated that when he woke up he was standing by the bed of Ms. Whisenant and he had his right hand pinching her nose shut and his left hand over her mouth, holding it closed. Mr. Whisenant stated that he did not know why he was suffocating Ms. Whisenant but he could not stop suffocating Ms. Whisenant. Mr. Whisenant stated that Ms. Whisenant woke up and he (sic) began to struggle with him because he was preventing her from breathing. Mr. Whisenant stated that he applied more pressure to her nose and mouth. Mr. Whisenant stated that she fell off the bed and he repositioned himself over her body and applied pressure to her nose and mouth until she stopped moving.

Detectives who examined Jimmie Whisenant's body found redness on her nose and mouth, according to the criminal complaint.

Officer arrested James Whisenant on the charge of murder, a first-degree felony.

Jailers released him at 9:31 a.m. Thursday after he posted a $50,000 bond, according to Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office records.

"James is getting proper medical care for a mental illness," said attorney Carlos A. Garcia, who represents James Whisenant, in a statement. "We ask for proper respect and prayers for a family that is heartbroken and grieving."

Editor's Note: Updated with comment from James Whisenant.

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