George Marshall Walker was arraigned in district court Monday, Dec. 28, on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence.
It was the first time the 20-year-old Adairville man appeared in court since being arrested on Dec. 23 for allegedly killing his sister-in-law, Allison Walker.
Walker appeared before District Judge Ken Williams, who asked Walker if he understood the charges against him.
He said he did and his public defender, William Maddox, entered a plea of not guilty on Walker’s behalf.
The next time Walker will appear in court will be on Monday, Jan. 4 for a preliminary hearing. At that proceeding, Williams will hear evidence and decide whether Walker’s case will be sent to a grand jury for a possible indictment.
If the grand jury decides there is enough evidence to proceed, Walker’s case will then go to circuit court and will be under the jurisdiction of Circuit Judge Tyler Gill and will be prosecuted by Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling.
According to the arrest report, Walker told deputy Kyler Harvey that he returned home from work on Monday morning and choked Allison Walker. He then tied her hands and feet before dumping the body in the Red River near the home on Conn Road in south Logan County.
Allison Walker was reported as missing on Monday, Dec. 21, and listed as a missing person on Tuesday, Dec. 22 with the Sheriff’s Office. Her body was found around midnight in the Red River by the Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the Logan County Search and Rescue squad, at the location George Walker described.
George Walker was then arrested on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. He was lodged in the Logan County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.
Maddox is the defense attorney not just for Walker, but also for Gerald Benajamins, who also accused of murder in Logan County. Benjamins is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 22 for allegedly killing 36-year-old Brad Rigney in his Russellville home on Dec. 28, 2013.