Georgia Supreme Court affirms one murder conviction, reverses second

The Georgia Supreme Court has affirmed Cedrick A. Walker’s murder conviction for killing a 16-year-old girl but overturned his murder conviction for killing the girl’s newborn son.

 

Walker, now 34, was convicted in March 2006 of killing Ramona Givens and her 6-week-old son, Tyler.

Ramona’s mother found her daughter and grandson dead on Oct. 4, 2003, in their Gilbert Manor apartment when she returned home after an overnight trip.

As officers first responded to the 911 call, a crowd started to gather. Walker was there, too, and he insisted on talking to investigators because, he said, he was Givens’ boyfriend. Investigators soon charged Walker with the double homicide. The Richmond County Superior Court trial was delayed for at least two years because the medical examiner had difficulty in pinpointing the cause of the deaths.

In its opinion released Monday, the state’s highest court reversed one of Walker’s murder convictions on technical grounds.

Walker was charged with felony murder in connection with the baby’s death. The underlying felony was the murder of Givens. The Supreme Court ruled that there was no evidence that Givens’ death caused the baby’s death, however.

A medical examiner testified at Walker’s trial that Givens and Tyler died from asphyxiation. The cause of death was consistent with Walker smothering the mother and child with his bare hands, she testified.

A fellow prison inmate testified at Walker’s trial that Walker said he had smothered Givens and her baby because she had “disrespected him” by giving birth to another man’s baby.

At the time of the double homicide, Walker had been out of prison for less than five months. In November 2002, Walker was sentenced to serve five years in prison followed by five years probation for two cases – sale of cocaine and felony obstruction of an officer.

Walker could be returned to Richmond County to stand trial again on the murder charge for the baby’s death. Regardless of what the district attorney might decide, Walker will continue to serve the life sentence he received forGivens’ murder.

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