Opening Statements in Carla Jan Walker Murder Trial Expected to Begin Friday

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Jury enactment began Thursday successful the superior execution proceedings for Glen Samuel McCurley, the antheral accused successful the 1974 kidnapping and execution of 17-year-old Western Hills High School inferior Carla Jan Walker.

Prosecutors announced successful May they were seeking beingness down bars for the 78-year-old fishy alternatively of the decease penalty. According to the tribunal coordinator, opening statements successful the proceedings are expected to statesman sometime Friday.

McCurley was arrested successful September 2020 aft a interruption successful the astir 50-year-old lawsuit led investigators backmost to an aged idiosyncratic of involvement successful the case.

According to police, Walker was abducted, held captive, and sexually assaulted earlier being murdered and near successful a ditch aft a Valentine's Day creation 47 years ago.

NBC 5 learned successful September 2020 that DNA grounds recovered from covering and a bra worn by Walker connected the nighttime she was killed was sent to Othram, a backstage laboratory successful The Woodlands. The DNA illustration created astatine Othram was utilized to constrictive the hunt to 3 brothers with the past sanction McCurley.

According to police, Glen Samuel McCurley had been identified arsenic a idiosyncratic of involvement during the archetypal probe successful 1974 due to the fact that helium owned a gun, a .22 Ruger, that matched a mag recovered astatine the transgression scene.

Detectives spoke to McCurley during the archetypal investigation, but they did not prosecute McCurley again pursuing the 1974 interrogation until the DNA illustration lucifer was recovered successful GEDMATCH.


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Police collected trash from a bin successful beforehand of McCurley's residence successful July 2020 and they were capable to find that the items matched the antheral DNA illustration recovered connected Walker's clothing.

On Sept. 10, 2020, constabulary said they returned to McCurley's location and spoke to some him and his wife, during which clip McCurley told the aforesaid communicative that helium told detectives successful 1974. He said helium didn't termination anyone and did not cognize Carla Walker.

McCurley agreed to supply a DNA sample, and six days later, constabulary said they were notified the swabs matched the DNA recovered connected Walker's bra.

A warrant for superior execution was past obtained and McCurley was taken into custody without incident. Jail records past autumn showed McCurley was being held successful the Tarrant County Jail connected a complaint of superior execution with enslaved acceptable astatine $100,000.

During a quality league successful September 2020, detectives with the Fort Worth Police Department said they judge the battle and execution were random and that Walker and McCurley didn't cognize each other.

Police said it appeared that implicit the past 4 decades, McCurley led a comparatively mean life, was joined and had 2 children. Police besides said that McCurley is not a fishy successful immoderate different crimes.

The Tarrant County DA's bureau said earlier this twelvemonth that adjunct transgression territory lawyer and main of the Adult Sexual Assault team, Kim D'Avignon, volition prosecute the lawsuit against McCurley. Opening statements are expected Friday.

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