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Walker, now 17, will be tried as an adult for the murder of his parents

Blake Walker will be tried as an adult for the murders of his parents, Barbara Peterson and Brian Walker who were found shot to death in their Knifley home December 9, 2002.
The events leading up to the court's decision yesterday . . .

which have kept the citizens of Adair County tuned to the news for over a month now, include:

Monday, December 9, 2002--a tip to Kentucky State Police resulted in the discovery of the bodies and the lock-down of Adair County High School where Blake was a student.

Tuesday, December 10--warrants had been issued for, and a nation-wide search was begun for, the 16-year old son of the murdered couple who was to be "considered armed and dangerous". Police believed he was possibly driving the family four-door, maroon Saturn. A request went out through all media for citizens to call the KSP Columbia Post at 384-4796 if the car was spotted.

Wednesday, December 11-- the murdered couple's older son, Manning, was reported to be in a safe, undisclosed place and his college was cancelling final exams and closing for fear Blake would go there. Adair County High School remained under lock-down for the same reason.

Friday, December 13-- police reported that they had traced Walker to Texas and calls to the KSP resulted in advice to watch the upcoming national television program 'America's Most Wanted' which was supposed to show Walker's photo.

Sunday, December 15--regional television and newspaper cameras turned on the entrance of the Columbia Presbyterian Church capturing the hundreds of people who crowded in to remember Brian and Barbara. Reverend Richard Guerrant who had been pastor when they joined the church said privately, "this is the most horrible thing I could imagine; I can still see their bright faces in my mind when the family first came into our church. It has reminded me that I never really dealth completely with the murders of the Wellnetz family who were also members here." The Wellnetzes were also brutally murdered in their home.

Monday, December 16--Oklahoma City police, patrolling what they referred to as the local "shantytown", ran a license check on a maroon, four-door Saturn parked there and discovered Blake Walker sleeping inside. After trying to escape them but being caught and taken into custody, Walker waived extradition and was returned here. He was lodged in the youth prison on Highway 55 south in Columbia where he would await the court's decision as to whether he would be tried as a juvenile or as an adult.

January 10, 2003 -- The court's decision: Blake Walker will be tried as an adult. If convicted, he could possibly receive the death penalty.


This story was posted on 2003-01-11 20:42:13
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