Tahlequah Daily Press

December 3, 2012

Jury to determine if man is fit for trial

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man is expected to appear in front of a jury Monday to determine whether he is competent to stand trial on multiple allegations.

Justin James Walker, 27, was most recently charged in August on allegations of larceny of an automobile, possession of firearms after conviction or during probation, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, eluding or attempting to elude a police officer, and bribing an officer.

He is set for the competency trial at 1 p.m. Monday in Cherokee County District Court.

Court records show Walker’s attorney, Crystal Jackson, requested the competency trial in October, and prospective jurors were summoned last week.

Walker allegedly stole a 1989 Chevrolet truck on Aug. 25 and sped away when police attempted to stop him in Tahlequah. Walker then crashed into two other vehicles and attempted to escape on foot, but was captured.

Prosecutors allege Walker then offered Tahlequah Patrolman Cody Warren $100 to let him go.

Police said Walker was in possession of methamphetamine and a Mossberg shotgun during the incident. He was held in jail on a $100,000 bond.

Records also indicate Walker was charged in June with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Walker’s past convictions of knowingly concealing stolen property, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and second-degree burglary could enhance his sentences, according to information filed with the August charges.