Tax problems could have led to Warner Robins mayor's suicide

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The late Donald Walker, former mayor of Warner Robins near Macon

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — The widow of former Warner Robins Mayor Donald Walker says tax problems that could have hurt his re-election campaign may have contributed to his death.

Patricia Walker told WMAZ-TV that her husband was upset after learning that the Internal Revenue Service had more than $33,000 in liens against his properties. That news came three days before his Sept. 28 death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Patricia Walker said the tax problem surfaced in April 2007. But she said her husband thought the problem had been resolved until an IRS legal notice appeared in a Houston County newspaper on Sept. 25.

Patricia Walker said she had paid the full amount to the IRS a week before her husband died. Walker's accountant said the IRS had promised to lift the liens by Oct. 19.

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