A man accused of murdering a Cherokee County couple more than 10 years ago will make his initial court appearance on April 30.

In March, District Attorney Jack Thorp announced he had filed charges against Justin James Walker, 32, Tahlequah, for allegedly killing Jack Denney, 65, and Elaine Denney, 66, on Dec. 23, 2007.

According to reports, the couple were found by their daughter on Christmas Day, shot to death in their home near Locust Grove. Investigators believe they were both shot multiple times in the head and upper torso between Dec. 23 and 24.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said at the press conference that Walker's involvement was suspected in the investigation "within a month" of the killings, but an arrest was not made because there was not sufficient evidence.

Walker, who lived in Peggs in 2007, is currently an inmate at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, where he is serving sentences out of Cherokee County for two counts of possession of a controlled substance, felon violating firearms prohibitions and larceny of a motor. He was sentenced in 2014 to serve a total of 15 years.

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