Archive for Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Preliminary hearing scheduled for Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in March shooting

March 18, 2014


Dustin D. Walker

Dustin D. Walker

The 29-year-old Lawrence man accused of shooting another man to death at his apartment earlier this month returned to court Tuesday to schedule a May preliminary hearing.

Dustin D. Walker is accused of killing Patrick Roberts, 39, on March 8 at Roberts’ home in the 2400 block of Cedarwood Avenue.

On Tuesday, District Judge Paula Martin scheduled a May 6 preliminary hearing for Walker, who is being charged with first-degree murder and is in jail on a $1 million bond.

According to police, several relatives who lived with Roberts were present at the time of the early-morning shooting. Roberts later died after being taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Police think at least two people participated in the disturbance, which ended when Roberts was struck in the chest by one of several shots fired. Walker and another man were detained a little more than an hour later and the other man was released after questioning.

On Tuesday, Kim Murphree, a Lawrence Police spokeswoman, did not have anything new to share on the investigation. Murphree said detectives are still following up on leads and still ask anyone with information to call the department’s investigations division at 830-7430.


Vanessa Royer Warren 4 years, 1 month ago

This is a horrible thing that happened. This Walker guy seems like an even more horrible person. I read the last article on him. He has been involved in multiple murders, drug trafficking, threatening witnesses, and other numerous crimes. Why he has never been prosecuted for the murder charges baffles me. I hope they have a strong case this time. Maybe Roberts wouldn't be dead if Walker had been prosecuted for the other murders. You can tell they don't want him on the streets with a million dollar bond. Prison life is just going to make him a worse person, so I hope he never gets out, which sucks to wish for someone. Wonder what happened to this kid to turn him so rotten.

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