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Brutal stabbing case continued

Brutal stabbing case continued
 By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
A court appearance has been continued another month for a man accused in the brutal stabbing of a Union City woman over five months ago.
Willie James Walker III of Greenfield was slated to appear Friday in Obion County Circuit Court for a report date on the status of his case, but it was continued until April 19, according to court records.
Report dates are also scheduled for that same day for several other suspects indicted by the February term of the Obion County grand jury.
Walker, 26, was indicted by the grand jury in early February for attempt to commit first-degree murder (two counts), aggravated assault (two counts) and especially aggravated robbery.
The charges against him stem from the Oct. 11, 2012, attack of 27-year-old Christina Marie Jimerson at her former home at 611 North Division St. in Union City.
Miss Jimerson sustained some 60 stab wounds and was airlifted to Regional Medical Center (the Med) in Memphis for treatment.
Union City police re-sponded to Miss 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 reported the seriously injured Miss Jimerson was able to bang on a window, which broke, in order to be heard by a neighbor.
When police arrived, they could hear a woman screaming that she had been stabbed. Officers forced their way into the home, where they found Miss Jimerson bleeding from apparent stab wounds, according to police reports.
Neighbors told police they saw an unidentified man run from the apartment before officers arrived. They reportedly saw the man get into Miss 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 Oct. 24, after which time Union City police were able to transport him back to Obion County to be served with warrants as a suspect in Miss Jimerson’s stabbing.
Although still recovering, Miss Jimerson was able to appear in Obion County General Sessions Court on Dec. 11, 2012, to testify at Walker’s preliminary hearing, where the case was bound over to the grand jury.
Miss Jimerson testified she was stabbed a total of 61 times, explaining her injuries included the loss of her right eye and the loss of half a finger on her left hand, as well as injury to a middle finger and multiple stab wounds or cuts to her neck, scalp, face, torso, back and a leg.
She was hospitalized in Memphis for nearly two weeks following the attack and received treatment that included surgery and therapy for her injuries. When she testified in court in December, she indicated she was scheduled to be fitted for a prosthetic eye.
After the hearing, Miss Jimerson shared with The Messenger how her faith in God and the support of family and friends sustained her.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 3.25.13

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