Archive for Saturday, March 30, 2013

Jury deadlocks in murder trial for man on parole for killing Lawrence woman

March 30, 2013


— Jurors have deadlocked in the trial of a man charged with killing a Wichita woman while on parole for killing a Lawrence woman.

The Wichita Eagle reports that a mistrial was declared Friday in the first-degree-murder trial of 47-year-old Tyrone Walker. Sedgwick County prosecutors allege he killed 44-year-old Janis Sanders in 2011.

At the time of the killing, Walker was on parole for the murder of 25-year-old Tamara Baker, whose body was found in 1989 near Lawrence.

During the trial, jurors were informed of the Lawrence killing. They also heard that Walker’s DNA was found on the shoelace used to strangle Sanders and on scrapings taken from under Sanders’ fingernails. Other testimony came from two witnesses who recalled seeing Walker headed toward Sanders on the day she disappeared.


Steve Jacob 5 years, 1 month ago

Not sure you can call 11-1 vote "deadlocked". Reading more about it, no fingerprints and the witnesses included a jail snitch. Another retrial should convict, or second degree murder plea.

somebodynew 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I read the Wichita article. Situation is eerily similar to what he did here. Except Ms. Baker's body was left in some woods and wasn't found for a period of time. And even though one of the witnesses was a jail snitch in this case, it seems like he had sufficient details to be taken seriously, AND he claims that even though he wanted a reduced sentence for his crimes, he didn't get it. But still testified.

I hope Tyronne gets re-tried and never gets out again.

Jen43 5 years, 1 month ago

I remember the Baker case in Lawrence. The guy was found by NYPD at a shelter or mission of some sort and Lawrence Police had to go there to bring him back. In the Wichita case they have his DNA under her fingernails and they have a deadlocked jury? I think there is some juror mis-conduct here, or he or she doesn't want to convict in the first place regardless of the facts.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 1 month ago

You never know about a jury.. My mother was on a 11-1 jury for a DUI case, and the one juror said the guy could not be responsible for his actions because he was an alcoholic.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 1 month ago

wow. just wow. how'd they think his DNA got under her fingernails? osmosis?

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