By CHRIS MENEES
Bond remains at $250,000 for a Weakley County man accused of attempted murder in the brutal stabbing of a Union City woman.
Willie James Walker III, 25, of 215 Poplar St., Greenfield, was arraigned Thursday afternoon on felony charges of attempted first-degree murder and theft over $1,000.
His appearance before Obion County General Sessions Judge Jimmy Smith lasted just two minutes in the small courtroom at the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex, where Walker is being held.
Walker, dressed in a black and white striped jail uniform, did not speak other than to respond to the judge’s questions of whether he understood the two charges had been brought against him and whether he was able to hire an attorney.
The judge appointed the public defender’s office to represent Walker and initially set his next court date for next Thursday at 10 a.m. in General Sessions Court. He ordered bond would remain at $250,000 for now.
Walker was brought back to Union City Wednesday night to face charges in connection with 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 surgery after the stabbing and remains hospitalized today.
Earlier this week, Ms. Jimerson’s family told The Messenger that the young woman is improving but still has considerable recovery ahead, adding she 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 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 Union City police reports.
Neighbors told police they saw an unidentified 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 be served with warrants for charges of attempted murder and theft as a suspect in Ms. Jimerson’s stabbing incident.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 10.26.12