SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) __ A Colorado inmate has been charged with stabbing a woman to death near a southwest Missouri motel about 28 years ago when he was a trucker passing through the area.
The second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges were filed against Richard Walker on Thursday in Green County Circuit
Court after Springfield police reviewed the cold case and re-interviewed him in prison last week. “It’s a sense of accomplishment and it’s a good feeling that you can put something to rest that’s been lingering for a long time,” Springfield Police Chief Paul F. Williams said.
At the time of the 1982 crime, Walker ran from officers who spotted him near where 22-year-old Angela Baskin was stabbed. She
died a few hours later at a hospital. A security guard at a bar next to the motel said Walker had a knife in his pocket when he was kicked out of the establishment for being too intoxicated a short time before the killing, police said. Police said Walker denied having the knife or knowing anything about the killing, and there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him.
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