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State to rest case in 2011 murder trial

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 10 a.m.

The state is expected to rest its case today in the retrial of a Wichita man accused of strangling a Wichita woman in 2011 while on parole for murdering a woman in Lawrence more than two decades earlier.

Tyrone Walker, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Janis Sanders, 44, whose nude body was found between an abandoned house and a small business in the 1100 block of South Washington on June 4, 2011. A jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of conviction at Walker’s first trial in March.

During that trial, jurors were told that Walker was convicted in Douglas County of second-degree murder in the death of Tamara Baker, 25, who was reported missing on Oct. 31, 1989, and whose body was found six months later in a wooded area of Lawrence. Walker was sentenced to 12 years to life in prison on that charge and was paroled to Wichita in February 2011.

The trial is being held in the courtroom of District Court Judge Joseph Bribiesca.

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