Nate Taylor - Fort Collins Coloradoan - May 6, 2009
FORT COLLINS - Jurors in James Whitler's murder trial saw a video recording Tuesday of Whitler telling authorities he began beating Stephen Allen, the man he's accused of murdering, after he came to view the process server as the object of his marriage's lost hope.
Whitler also told investigators he was praying to God to take care of his two children while he strangled them after beating Allen.
If sheriff's deputies hadn't stopped him, he said he probably would have killed his children and then himself.
It was Allen and Whitler's wife, Lisa, who delivered divorce papers and a restraining order to James Whitler on May 28, 2008, prompting the Loveland man to go into what he described on the video as "blind rage."
Whitler told investigators during his interview hours after his arrest on May 28 he probably hit Allen 15 or 20 times during a struggle that left Allen battered and spattered blood on furniture, walls, floors and ceilings throughout the Whitler home in west Loveland.
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Whitler told cops: 'I kind of just snapped'