Walker loses bid to have death sentenced overturned

Thursday, October 12th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

DENVER (AP) _ An Oklahoma man convicted of stabbing two people to death lost a bid to have his death sentence overturned.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied Jack Dale Walker's appeal of his 1988 conviction in the slayings of Shelly Ellison and Donnie Epperson, who came to Ellison's aid.

Ellison, the mother of Walker's child, was stabbed 32 times. Epperson was stabbed 11 times.

``We have considered all of Mr. Walker's arguments on appeal and are not persuaded constitutional error affected his trial,'' a three-judge panel wrote.

Walker claimed several flaws in his trial, including ineffective counsel, improper jury instruction, improper testimony, prosecutorial misconduct and lack of notice of aggravating circumstances.

In addition to the slayings, Walker was also found guilty of assaulting three other people who were in the trailer during the killings. He is serving 40 years for the other offenses.