December 12, 2018
HOUSTON- A Harris County man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for the savage stabbing death of a stranger, prosecutors announced Wednesday
A jury convicted Ryan Whitaker, 48, of murder in the death of Anthony Kincaid, 55, Tuesday evening. Whitaker asked to be sentenced by a judge for the April 2015 crime.
On the night of the crime, deputies saw Whitaker attacking Kincaid as they arrived at the scene.
Whitaker wielded a knife while straddling Kincaid, who was face down in the grass, they said.
The investigation revealed Kincaid had been washing his truck in his driveway when he was attacked.
Whitaker later admitted he stabbed Kincaid, whom he did not know, out of anger and attempted to give him a “Colombian necktie.”
The medical examiner found 140 stab wounds on Kincaid’s body. All but 10 were found in his head and neck.
“This was the scariest murder either of us have tried,” Assistant District Attorney Napoleon Stewart said. “Stabbings are such an intimate crime, it takes rage and determination to accomplish—and, this was a true stranger on stranger attack.”
This was the third time prosecutors tried this case. The two previous trials ended with hung juries.
“It was important for us to try this case again because the victim and his family deserve closure and justice,” Assistant District Attorney Keaton Forcht said. “We respect the court’s decision and stand with the family in sharing their satisfaction on this outcome.”