Former Murray State student, and newly reinstated Paducah Middle School assistant principal, Jerry Walker, Junior will be back in court next week on charges related to a 1998 M-S-U dorm fire that killed student Michael Minger.
Walker will be arraigned in Calloway Circuit Court Monday on six counts of evidence tampering, less than a month after his acquittal on arson, manslaughter, assault, and wanton endangerment charges. Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship tells The Paducah Sun a Calloway County grand jury returned sealed indictments on the much less severe tampering with evidence charges several weeks before Walker’s re-trial. Walker’s attorney Dennis Null says he believes the new charges were poised to be brought against his client if the trial resulted in another hung jury. Tampering with evidence is a class D felony and could result in one to five years in prison.