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Walker Heads Back to Court on Tampering Charges


Former Murray State student, and newly reinstated Paducah Middle School assistant principal, Jerry Walker, Junior will be back in court next week on charges related to a 1998 M-S-U dorm fire that killed student Michael Minger.

Walker will be arraigned in Calloway Circuit Court Monday on six counts of evidence tampering, less than a month after his acquittal on arson, manslaughter, assault, and wanton endangerment charges.  Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship tells The Paducah Sun a Calloway County grand jury returned sealed indictments on the much less severe tampering with evidence charges several weeks before Walker’s re-trial.  Walker’s attorney Dennis Null says he believes the new charges were poised to be brought against his client if the trial resulted in another hung jury.  Tampering with evidence is a class D felony and could result in one to five years in prison.

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.
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