Originally created 02/07/98

Son of slain couple questioned, released



Held for more than 44 hours by Columbia County authorities, the son of a slain Evans couple is back home.

David Walker, 23, of Martinez, was released about 1:30 a.m. Friday after being questioned over a period of almost two days about the killing of his parents, Fred and Yong-Suk Walker of Evans.

"Although no charges were leveled, (David) Walker remains a suspect in the case," sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said Friday.

Mr. Walker, 59, and his wife, 54, were found shot to death in their bedclothes by deputies about 5 p.m. Tuesday. Police were called to the residence after the Walkers' daughter could not reach her parents after repeated attempts.

Police have narrowed the time of their deaths to late Monday or early Tuesday morning, Capt. Morris said.

During that time, when police say the killer was standing over the Walkers' bed with a gun, David Walker was more than 10 miles away, at home asleep with his wife, said Mr. Walker's attorney, Ben Swain McElmurray Jr.

"He was where he was supposed to be," Mr. McElmurray said.

Columbia County authorities first focused attention on the Walkers' son Tuesday evening, when the young man began answering police questions outside his parents' Astor Court home.

Then early Wednesday morning, David Walker was called in by sheriff's investigators to answer more questions at the Columbia County Detention Center, where he was held for the next two days.

While he was in custody, investigators used search warrants to enter his Ridge Crossing residence Wednesday, and his Augusta dry-cleaning business, Kay Cleaners, Thursday evening, Capt. Morris said.

Capt. Morris would not elaborate on what was confiscated in either search, but no murder weapon has been recovered, he said.

Both victims were last seen by employees around 10 p.m. Monday in their business on Kissingbower Road in Augusta, Capt. Morris said.

Preliminary autopsy results show both died from gunshot wounds to the chest, said Columbia County Coroner Thomas King Sr.

Mrs. Walker was shot once and Mr. Walker had suffered three wounds to his chest and one to his right arm, he said.

Family members concentrated on funeral arrangements Friday, with plans to lay the slain couple to rest at 3 p.m. Sunday in a private ceremony in Harlem.