|Stabbing suspect back in UC |
|Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:07 pm |
|By CHRIS MENEES |
A man accused of brutally stabbing a Union City woman two weeks ago was brought back to Union City Wednesday night to face charges.
Willie James Walker III, 25, of 215 Poplar St., Greenfield, was arrested at 6:57 p.m. at the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex on warrants charging him with attempted first-degree murder and theft over $1,000.
He was scheduled to make an initial court appearance today in Obion County General Sessions Court.
The charges against Walker stem from the Oct. 11 attack of 27-year-old Christina Jimerson at her home at 611 North Division St. in Union City.
Ms. Jimerson sustained multiple stab wounds and was airlifted to Regional Medical Center (the Med) in Memphis, where she underwent several hours of surgery after the stabbing and remains hospitalized today.
Ms. Jimerson’s family told The Messenger earlier this week that the young woman is improving but still has considerable recovery ahead. She has already undergone one eye surgery and lost one eye and part of a finger in an attack in which she was stabbed multiple times.
Union City police went to Ms. Jimerson’s North Division Street home about 8:45 p.m. Oct. 11 in response to a 911 call from a neighbor who heard screaming coming from the residence. Police investigator Susan Andrews said the seriously injured Ms. Jimerson was able to bang on a window, which broke, in order to be heard by a neighbor.
When Union City police officers arrived, they could hear a woman screaming that she had been stabbed. Officers forced their way into the home, where they found Ms. Jimerson bleeding from apparent stab wounds, according to police reports.
Neighbors told police they saw an unidentified black man run from the apartment before officers arrived. They reportedly saw the man get into Ms. Jimerson’s silver 1997 Toyota and leave the scene. Police alerted surrounding law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the vehicle, which was recovered early Oct. 12 in Greenfield in Weakley County.
Walker was taken into custody later in the day Oct. 12 in Weakley County on warrants against him there for unrelated charges of domestic violence and failure to appear. He was held there on those charges until a court appearance Wednesday, after which time Union City police were finally able to transport him back to Obion County to face charges of attempted murder and motor vehicle theft in connection with Ms. Jimerson’s stabbing incident.
Published in The Messenger 10.25.12