Kim Walker is guilty. He’s guilty of killing James Hayward… and guilty of being a father afraid for the life of his child.
In March of 2003, 50-year old Kim Joseph Walker of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, armed with a semi-automatic .22-calibre hand gun, went to the home of 24-year old James Hayward to retrieve his daughter who had moved in with the drug dealer.
Jadah Walker was 16, a young bag of bones hooked on drugs, and her father feared that if he didn’t get her out of there and into a treatment program, she would die. He had sought help from police and school councillors, but there was nothing they could do… it was left to him to save her.
According to eyewitnesses, Walker pleaded with Jadah to leave Hayward. When Hayward intervened and ordered him out… Walker shot him five times. He said he feared for his life and that of his daughter.
In 2007, Mr. Walker was convicted of second-degree murder. But three-and-a-half years later, he was granted a new trial by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. Again he was found guilty… this time of manslaughter.
Last Wednesday, he was sentenced to eight years in prison, but will do only 18-months, getting credit for time served.
Jadah Walker is now 24, drug free and healthy. At the time of the shooting, her dealer boyfriend had her hooked… her weight plummeting from 135 to 95 pounds. You don’t need a medical degree to see where she was bound.
In the court of public opinion, this is one juror who would let Walker walk. Like any loving parent, he put the life of his child ahead of his own.
But five-and-a-half years in prison to save your kid, is a cheap price to pay for any father.
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