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April 23, 2014

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Nevada Supreme Court upholds killer’s conviction

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the petition of convicted killer Richard Walker who claims his lawyer was ineffective in at least 20 instances at his Las Vegas trial.

The court said there was substantial physical evidence linking Walker to the fatal stabbing of Thomas Hamon in an alley in April 1992. Walker “fails to demonstrate that any of his claims are meritorious,” the court ruling said.

Bloody shoeprints at the murder scene matched Walker’s shoes; a knife discovered at the scene matched a sheath Walker was wearing when he was stopped in California; and his fingerprints were found in a vehicle stolen near the murder scene, the court said.

Walker was sentenced to consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole and consecutive 15-year sentences for use of a deadly weapon.

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