TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Sep 15, 2020

A Rutherford County attorney wanted by authorities for skipping court after being indicted on rape charges killed himself last week after being confronted by officers, the Daily News Journal reports. David Whelan, 49, missed a scheduled court appearance last week on charges of rape and kidnapping involving his clients and teen babysitter. Whelan was also set to appear before Judge David Bragg on Oct. 1 for various charges including aggravated rape, statutory rape by an authority figure, promoting prostitution, aggravated sexual battery and more. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in June that after an investigation, it was found that Whelan “forced or coerced female clients into sex as a way to re-pay their attorney fees.” He was briefly put on the TBI’s Most Wanted list before he was located in Mobile, Alabama, on Thursday. When officers went to confront Whelan, he reportedly produced a weapon and shot himself.