Murder case headed to grand jury

Published 11:18 am Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Just a week after his arrest for allegedly shooting another man outside his residence, the murder case against a Nicholasville man is headed to the grand jury.

Michael Walker, 45, of Rebel Road, Nicholasville, was arrested Oct. 14 after he allegedly shot 33-year-old Mario Walls on Beauford Place. 

Police initially charged with Walker with first-degree assault, but planned to upgrade the charge to murder if Walls died.

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According to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office, Walls died from a gunshot wound in the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 2:11 a.m. Oct. 14.

Court officials said Tuesday that Walker’s case has already moved through district court. The grand jury, which is scheduled to meet Nov. 4, will decide whether to indict Walker or dismiss the charge.

Nicholasville Police were called to 800 Beauford Place at 10:47 p.m. Oct. 13 for a report of a shooting. Officers said Walls was shot in the abdomen.

Nicholasville Police Sgt. Kevin Grimes said people around the scene gave officers a basic description of the shooter. 

Officers found Walker near Five Star on North Main Street, where he was arrested. 

Police also took a handgun, which was in the waist of Walker’s pants, into evidence.

Initially, police did not believe Walker and Walls knew each other, or the motive behind the incident.

Walker is being held in the Jessamine County Detention Center without bond.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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