murder15 Colo. inmate charged in 1982 Missouri slayingSPRINGFIELD, 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.

Copyright Associated Press


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