Sgt. Karen Yancy, of the Griffin Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the only witness called to testify at the hearing, described the incident.
“The victim, Edward Burr, was laying on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds,” she said.
According to Yancy, the suspect was wearing a white shirt over his face at the time of the shooting, but Walker’s face was visible as he fled the scene on foot, enabling witnesses to identify him as “Big Rod.”
Yancy said she was told by multiple people present at the scene that the suspect’s mother, Carolyn Lawson, lived down the street from the location of the shooting.
When she interviewed Walker’s mother, who also allegedly referred to her son as “Rod,” Yancy said Lawson discussed a visit by her son the day prior to the shooting.
“She (Lawson) said he (Walker) was upset because a guy had robbed him,” Yancy testified.
The investigator went on to say that Lawson said her son had left a bag at her home June 30. Lawson then allegedly described the content of the bag as a “black handgun.”
When asked if witnesses to the shooting were able to identify the weapon used, Yancy said it was reportedly a black handgun.
Yancy also testified that Burr is still hospitalized in an ICU step-down unit at Grady Memorial Hospital.
“I met with Mr. Burr yesterday (Monday). He is just now beginning to regain consciousness and be able to talk. He’s going to be paralyzed,” she said.
According to Yancy, Burr said he was shot eight times. She went on to say that six shell casings were recovered at the scene and that she believes the weapon used, which has not been recovered, was a .40-caliber handgun.
As a result of Yancy’s testimony, Walker was denied bond and bound over for trial in Spalding County Superior Court on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.