Driver charged with murder, 4th DWI in Friday crash

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Submitted: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 4:59am
Updated: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 4:05pm

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We are learning more about a Leland man charged with murder after a car crash friday that killed a 61-year-old woman.

The district attorney says Pierre Walker should never have been behind the wheel in the first place based on his checkered past.

Investigators say Walker, 26, was involved in not one, but two traffic accidents Friday afternoon. After hitting a van in Brunswick County, they say Walker continued speeding west on US 74/76. Near Delco he allegedly crossed over the median at a high rate of speed and hit Martha Mintz head-on and killing her instantly.

Investigators say Walker was high at the time of the accident.

“DWI drivers are a clear and present dangers to folks on the highway,” District Attorney Jon David said. “We had a woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just coming home from work. She was literally in her work car at the time of the incident. It was 4 o’clock on a Friday afternoon. It could have been any of us.”

Walker is behind bars at the Columbus County Detention Center, where David says he should have been weeks ago.

“Because of the facts of the case and the defendant’s prior record, we can show that there is malice, which is something beyond death by motor vehicle, and in this particular circumstance we did the exceptional thing of choosing to charge him with murder, and we will be indicting him for murder and aggressively prosecuting him under the law,” David said.

Over the last 10 years Walker has faced 43 charges in New Hanover and Brunswick counties, including three DWIs, two of which he pleaded guilty to in February.

David says after his last conviction Walker should have faced a minimum 60-day sentence, but he says Judge Sandra Ray suspended his sentence to allow him to make a probation hearing in Columbus County set for today. Instead, he appeared in court on the murder charge.

“This is an individual that should not have been on the roadway,” David said. “He is somebody that needs to be prosecuted very harshly as we move forward.”

Walker faces charges of second degree murder and habitual DWI in Columbus County. David says he also plans to file charges against Walker in Brunswick County for the first of two crashes Friday.

Today a judge set Walker’s bond at $1 million.


  • yankee 1955 says:

    Habitual DUI, I just don’t understand how the court system keeps letting people like this back on the streets. In this case a innocent women doing her job, Is Killed for no reason. Her family is now with out a mother and wife. What kind of soft sentence is the man going to get. What he needs is the Russian type of sentence, a .50 bullet. He does not need to be a burden on our taxes. Trash like this has no redemable qualities. Do not waste my money on taking care of him for the next 20 years.

  • Guest, Just Another says:

    The family should sue the last judge that let this POS out. 26years old, 4th DUI? Seriously? What are we going to have to do now, give him a hug because its our fault? We made the alcohol too accessible. Screw this guy, and screw the last judge, screw the lawyer that got him off. Sue them all!

  • Guest9743 says:

    One of the reasons these habitual drunks keep getting behind the wheel is because they KNOW that all they have to do is go downtown and get one of the slick lawyers down there, (and there are plenty of them down there) give him a few hundred dollars and off they go. Maybe 30 days in jail for the first offense, not served on weekends but 30 days in a row would make others think before they drive drunk and if the drunk loses his or her job while serving time then so what! There’s no reason at all for driving while impaired.

  • Guestme says:

    My thoughts exactly. It makes me sick when someone drives drunk and then gets off because he paid a lawyer to argue every loophole there is for years until it’s finally dropped or reduced to something minor. If you do the crime, man (or woman) up and take responsibility. The legal system has blood on its hands from the wreck on Friday. Rest in Peace Martha.

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    I can’t help but be stunned about this article. It’s becoming apparent that even with a history of DWI this gentleman was allowed to remain free to drink and drive.

    The law needs to be changed. Innocent people trying to make a living are being killed because of someone’s idea of a good time.

    The system is adept at milking every dollar they can. I hope the participants in this man’s case can find peace at night.

    It will be much harder for the family of the VICTIM, which we all should mourn, and put pressure on the system to stop letting cases like this happen.

  • GuestX says:

    Dont know about the rest of the you,but I’ve heard this statement applied to more than one persons death this year.They said the same thing about the young man those animals shot in the head for 10 bucks and a sandwich after he was leaving work.Based off this, being where your suppose to be, doing what your suppose to be doing, to make an HONEST living isn’t the right thing to be doing.

  • __Susan__ says:

    Suspending a jail sentence for a habitual criminal so he can attend a probation hearing? Are you kidding me?!? How about this: Let the sorry SOB go to jail for the crimes committed. While he’s there you revoke his probation for missing the hearing. Add that jail time to what he’s SUPPOSED to be serving. It’s not long enough, but my aunt would be alive and others would have been safe from him that day.

    I wonder if the Hon. Sandra Ray will be attending the funeral this week to pay her respects and offer condolences to the family. If she wants to meet us all, I’ll be one of the ones trying to figure out a way to comfort my cousins and uncle as they bury their mom and wife while holding my mom’s hand while they bury her sister.

    Enough is enough.

  • leigh says:

    Alright let’s give him a bottle and tell him not to do it again…. I am so sick of no punishments just slaps on the hands. First, Second, Third, forth, fifth how many, why should there be any chances. This is taught to us from day one. Did this lady get her chance from him….? Put him away, make him work in the fields for his food. Sew his clothes, tend to the animals. I mean if there are in jail convicted of any crimes they, all should be taking of themselves not my or yours tax money should cloth, feed. SICK Not vengeance just let them take care of themselves and if they dont good bye to them……

  • Guest7969 says:

    FIRST TIME you blow over the limit while driving you loose your vehicle to the state… crying about your family or your job…your vehicle is confiscated and sold to benefit schools.

  • Logical conclusion says:

    Mr. Walker has multiple prior convictions for DWI. The court in its wisdom released Mr. Walker to roam the streets and highways with an outcome that connot surprise anyone.
    Mr. Walker has lost his right to live in a free society. Why was he free? Who is responsible for the death of Mrs. Mintz?

  • Sad citizen says:

    The sad part is the woman was exactly where she was supposed to be. She was working as a courier, transporting very important material. She was in the process of doing her job, she lost her life over a careless, reckless person with no regard for life. She was doing a job that helps doctors save lives daily, and she lost her life in the process. Shame, shame, shame on the entire system.

  • anne says:

    As far as I am concerned, the death of this woman is on the hands of the judge for judges that keep letting him off.

    He has made a mockery of the justice system and this lady had to pay for it with her life.

    I hope the news orgs will keep us updated to what happens with this man.

  • Guesttenheimer says:

    Take their licenses away forever. Will it stop them from driving drunk? NO.
    Put them in jail. They get out. Will that stop them from drinking and driving? NO.
    Seize their car and other property. Will that stop them from killing and maiming others due to drinking and driving? NO.
    Want to do something effective? Try something with impact.
    1st offense DWI – Amputation of right foot.
    2nd offense DWI- Amputation of left foot.
    Kinda hard to drive without feet, hard to work too, but then progress to the other limbs if the behavior continues. No welfare, no foodstamps, no free healthcare. They can sit at home and drink all they want. Problem solved.

    Now, let’s move on to punishment for pedophiles…

  • Leshasta says:

    why ya’ll judging him. he is a good man. he has problems like all us who grew up in the projects. ya’ll don’t understand. he got family too and we are hurting for him.

  • anne says:

    No – Mrs. Mintz wasn’t in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was doing everything right – it was the idiot that killed her that was in the wrong place. He shouldn’t have been behind the wheel. Nothing stops people like him – he will continue to disregard the laws until his sorry butt is put behind bars.

  • pharaoh says:

    Really?? You can’t possibly be serious with that statement. I have problems, you have problems and everyone else has problems. So what. I didn’t grow up in the projects but I didn’t grow up in the mansion on the hill either. It makes absolutely no difference what your social status is or where you come from. Driving under the influence is wrong. Once, maybe a stupid mistake. Twice, you belong in jail.

  • Guest7969 says:

    I mean, he ONLY murdered someone…that might be OK in the “projects”…outside the projects…that isn’t normal. Want to know why this woman’s dead? Because of YOUR type of mentality!

  • Guest7969 says:

    wasn’t HIS fault. I mean, HE’S the victim here! Sais the left wing nut jobs that coddle criminals. I think everyone who things criminals are victims, should be forced to let one live with them for their sentence!

  • WWalton says:

    We all have issues, but not all of us are so irresponsible and reckless to drink to the point of being drunk and then get behind the wheel of a car. He should be happy that he has family. I doubt that is any comfort to the innocent person he killed who has family grieving for her at the moment.

    If you are family to him, you shouldn’t be hurting for him. You should stop enabling him.

  • Angewidert says:

    You have finally pushed me over the edge. My tolerance for you and people like you is now officially over.

    “why ya’ll judging him” : Because he murdered an innocent woman, that’s why. I’m also judging you as well for what you’ve posted.

    “he is a good man” : He was not a good man and you know that. He had “43 charges in New Hanover and Brunswick counties, including three DWIs”. Now you can add murder to that list as well. There is no way to define that as good, unless of course, you’re not good yourself. That would be your problem, not mine.

    “he got family too” : And they are complicit in this murder by having allowed him to continue to do the things he’s been doing. If they had any decency at all, they would have reported him to stop him from continuing to break the law. They didn’t and now an innocent woman is dead. I guess that’s OK in your book though, because in the projects, “ya jus don’t talk to the man, cause he the enemy”. That would be your problem, not mine.

    “he has problems like all us who grew up in the projects” : Society in America, out of sincere compassion for the most part, has been more than willing to pay for the housing of those too indigent to handle those costs themselves. We don’t have to; we don’t owe it to you, but we do it anyway. You now turn around and tell us that this very same housing can now be used as an excuse by its residents for commiting criminal acts. Somehow, we are now responsible for your criminal behaviour. This is somehow our fault that this woman was murdered. That’s it for me. I draw a line in the sand between compassionate giving and tolerating someone who’s “biting the hand that feeds you”. The solution is patently simple. If public housing is the problem, we can simply eliminate it and you can fend for yourself. That, as of now, would be your problem and not mine as well.

    There is a middle ground though; a way for society to still exercise compassion while not tolerating self abuse. Other cities have utilized it with some effectiveness. Purge public housing of criminals and the families who tolerate criminal activity in their families. Engage in criminal activity and you’re out. Tolerate criminal activity within your family and choose not to work with authorities to stop it and you’re out too. Period.

    Somehow, I suspect you’ll find that to be unfair. That, as of now, would be your problem and not mine as well.

  • nofaithnlaw says:

    We should remember all of these horrific tragedies when election time rolls around. The promises that are made to try and change the issues that most seem to have on idiots like this pos — they are void of meaning coming frm politicians!

  • anne says:

    This has to be one of the best responses I have ever read – a response to an ignorant human being who has no common sense at all. You covered everything in this response, and though I don’t know who you are, and I am not related to the Mintz family in any way, thank you for posting such a thoughtful and insightful post on this situation. You said it better than anyone could have. Hope Leshasta learns something – though I doubt it.

    The Mintz family now have to bear the grief of losing a loved one and they will be visiting her graveside. Hopefully, Leshasta’s family will be visiting this murderous loser in prison for a long time.

  • anne says:

    So sorry for your loss and my sympathies to your family. I have no sympathy for her murderer (and that is what he is) because he made a conscientious effort to do wrong and by doing so, caused the death of someone who was doing no wrong.

  • yankee 1955 says:

    Again nobody forced the “man” drunk behind the wheel, He did on his own. So man up take resposiblity and take your punisment. Not a jail sentence but a DEATH SENTENCE. End of story and end of you becoming a threat on the world.

  • jj says:

    I am sure that Leshasta was just joking with the post. Normally that is what you hear about when things like this happens

  • Angewidert says:

    If it’s a joke, it’s in horribly bad taste and should be condemned as well.

    To say that most of these apologia are apocryphal is a point of serious disagreement between us. Undoubtedly some are, but to say that most of them are (as in “normal), is a point I respectfully disagree with.

  • Citzen of the Community says:

    I understand everyone’s point of view and their grief. No it wasn’t right for her to death to come as it did. No after the DWI’s he was charged with should he had been under the wheel of another vechile. But why go after Ms Sandra Ray for not sentencing. To know the deep truth she didn’t lock him up because of the accused to DWI, Did you know he had been appearing to every court date for the past two years and still when they sent his blood off that was taken the day of the arrest they could find nothing as in alcohol,drugs, accetives in his system.So in two years of investigation they still didn’t have physical proof to charge him. That it was him who chose to plead guilty because he was tired of being drug to court. For you to know this man had problems in bedded that no one could see further than help.This accident wasn’t intentional, but the news failed to mention that this so called “careless driver” recieved his own concussion but still got out of the damage vechile and ran to Ms Mintz side trying to rescue her because it was that an accident. Or is the news also stating they charged him once again with a DWI but his blood they ran at the hospital was once again NEGATIVE FOR ALCOHOL,DRUGS, OR ACCEDITIVES. Did they mention that the brakes went out in his vechile why it looked like he wasn’t stopping for the first crash but simply trying to get the vechile to stop but it wouldn’t.Before you judge get all detailed facts.I pray for the family who lost their mother,grandmother. But my prayers also go out for his family who is dealing with the grief of losing him and the woman that was hurt as well.He’s not the monster your making him out to be, everyone has to go through something in their life, some just more difficult than others. And for the record he didn’t grow up in the projects he came from a very standable,stable family.

  • DemiseofAmerica says:

    Thank you Angewidert for calling a spade a spade. Family or not, project raised or not, what this person was did was wrong. And the court system allowing him to ‘go free’ [to take care of another little criminal activity] didn’t help the situation. It’s pretty clear that this person [can’t call him a man] thumbs his nose at society and the judicial system, as a whole. What a drain on our society these people cause [disagree?? Look at Detroit]. Let me be clear, I’m not a racist. I don’t discriminate based on anyone’s race, creed, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, obesity, etc., ….here’s where I DO discriminate — the lazy, immoral, unethical, criminally active, government defrauders, pedophiles, and the like. And now, thanks to an irresponsible person, MY TAX DOLLARS will now go to house, feed and medicate a criminal. Perfect. Gee, haven’t heard from Bon Qui Qui, aka Leshasta. I’m pretty sure she’s busy looking up the .50 words like ‘indigent’ and ‘complicit’ in the dictionary. “Oh, no he di-ent” [finger wave]. It’s people like YOU Leshasta, that is causing the crumbling of America. Sad thing is, you, and all the texters, clubbers, cell-phone-talking-while-driving-while-oblivious don’t see it. It’s all ok, everybody, President Obama is going to save us. God Bless Mrs. Mintz, one of the innocent many.

  • nofaithnlaw says:

    Very well said. AMEN!

  • SayWhat? says:

    Since you are claiming to be privy to information that could get this career loser off, would you be willing to testify with that information under oath?

    This criminal should be locked up so deep and so long that he’d need daylight piped in just to put his socks on.

  • taxpayer says:

    the citizens can’t arrest the judge and D.A. for practicing law while impaired. Their judgement was obviously impaired, otherwise this POS would be behind bars…not behind the wheel.

  • Guest Redneck Across the River says:

    Taxpayer…it is all about the fines, the bail, the attorney fees, the rehab fees…….all about the money made by the system. Nobody cares about the innocent motorists out there enjoying their trip or doing their job on the road. It is all about the almighty dollar. I wouldn’t be afraid to bet that within 90 days, he will be back out on the road.

  • Guest tigercat says:

    I really hope this womans death weighs heavy on the judge and the DA
    that let this habitual criminal out of a long prison sentence and
    back on our roads to kill an innocent woman but i,m sure they wont give it another thought


    Looks like Jon and Ben need to communicate! Doubtful though. This drunk should have been sent to the bottom of the pit, however our wonderful judicial system seems to be missing common sense. Wonder how those that could have put this scum bag in jail would feel if this had been their close relative…OPEN your eyes brothers!

  • GRR says:

    By no means am I a fan of Jon David, but if he does his job and gets a conviction to the charges it’s then in the judges hands to set the sentencing. I will be glad when something is done to get a handle on these drivers driving under the influence. It seems like it is always the innocent people that get hurt or even killed.

  • windy says:

    Absolutely NO remorse ….

  • Guest123 says:

    So here is another habitual DWI offender . In and out of the swinging court house doors with no punishment until he kills someone’s loved one. These killers have been on the news more and more often lately. What is it going to take for D.A.’s and judges to lock them in prison after a second DWI.? death after death and look in the phone directory at all the attroneys advertising “Can get you off of your DWI” why? well, they want money, of course. when will the attorneys stop the greed of taking money to free these losers? after one arrest for drunk driviing, oh , I mean ticket–they usually doen’t experience jail for this crime that kills the innocent driving home from work or on vacation. The second DWI within 2 years needs prison time. Plain and simple.
    so, lets see if these recent two DWI murderers get a few months jail time for killing someone and giving their families a life sentence of misery.
    The man who killed a woman recentl got 75 days for DWI murder a couple months ago.
    suspending drivers licenses doesn’t stop drunks from driving. Look them up long term and dry them out for years.

  • nuhusker says:

    Who posted this guys bond, after the 1st offense? What are they thinking? Why should this guy be allowed out until these cases are settled! Whom allowed him to drive, take that vehicle each time. Once he get bail posted, he should be under house arrest, at his expense with a GPS sensor. That would at least have kept him from getting behind the wheel. There has to be a bette way!!

  • Guest7684523 says:

    1st DWI should get you 60 days in jail, which can be done on weekends so as not to interfere with work. 2nd DWI should get you 3 yrs in prison, which is quite light given that drunk driving is practically attempted murder. If you are stupid enough to do it a 3rd time, the 3rd DWI should be 20 yrs in prison. These should be automatic sentences (following proof of guilt of course) and there should be no plea deals. Here’s the problem, many of the politicians who could strengthen our laws (i.e. Goolsby) are also attorneys who make an enormous amount of money off of DWI’s. So unfortunately, not much will change.

  • B M says:

    it’s past time that the states and feds get out of the “ALCOHOL” business, they are aiding and abetting drinking and driving and profiting from it, it would be easy to ban the sale of alcohol nationwide!

  • Guest5555 says:

    DWI, essentially attempted murder in my humble opinion, is a slap on the wrist until it reaches an absurd level of severity. The attorneys who handle these cases wouldn’t be well served to have the cases settled swiftly with stricter penalties because getting the offenders back on the roads is big business and these attorneys have considerable sway in the General Assembly. There are elected officials, locally, who make their living, in part, representing DWI cases. Lean on the General Assembly to treat these crimes with the severity they deserve. There’s been plenty of evidence locally that the current “punishments” do not work and if anything, serve as enablers.

  • Gramps1945 says:

    I’m sure the laws mean nothing to this monster.

  • PublicAvenger says:

    You’re right. He’ll be out in less then 90 days. They won’t get a penny from him, in a lawsuit. He’ll probably go to Taft, Taft, and Haggler, about the medical treatment he received.(To sue the freebie doctor). I bet he’ll have 3 welfare checks to cash, when he “gets out”. I bet the car, which he’ll be driving again, will be in his grandmother’s name.

    This guy knows how to work the system.

  • very sad says:

    and it is not the law enforcement, they do their jobs by arresting
    these people but its the “so called court systems”
    what will it take, maybe the DA,Judge or Lawyer to lose a loved one?
    I would not care if this one rots in jail!

  • L2908 says:

    Took the words right out of my mouth, PublicAvenger! He will be in jail ON MY DIME with a roof and free meals for a couple of days until he’s free to roam and cash welfare checks ON MY DIME to buy his drugs! I knew the victim very well and as Christians, we are taught to forgive. The only solace is that this POS, poop-stain on the underpants of society will lay awake at night with images of this nightmare. May God have mercy on his empty soul

  • Guest9743 says:

    Nobody in the General Assembly is concerned about putting drunk drivers in jail. Some of them up there seem to be more concerned punishing those that violate “Open Meeting Laws” by giving them 20 day in jail but you won’t hear them mention giving a drunk driver 20, 30 or 60 days in jail…where’s the logic here folks?? It’s sad to say but no one will get serious about this as long as it isn’t someone in their family that gets killed or maimed.

  • Guest3130 says:

    Our family just put a lovely, law-abiding, honor student (my granddaughter) on the road with her new license. We’re soon to do the same with my grandson. I am gripped with absolute, sheer terror when I read (again) that a driver with 1, 2 or 3 DWI’s has just killed another innocent person. Are my grandchildren next??? Are yours??? Please, we need to change the laws so that no one convicted of a 2nd DWI is able to drive any time soon, if ever. Alcohol and drug addiction is inherently difficult to cure, a 2nd DWI should signal to our system that this is a person who is unable to overcome their addiction, and therefore should not ever be able to drive again, unless and until they are able to complete a long-term, in-patient program. Even then, relapses happen, as recovery is an ongoing process. Too many chances are given to those who disregard the lives of others.

  • Jimmy says:

    Now all you people that want to take all the guns off the street ask yourselves this. Do we take all cars away from law abiding citizens or alcoholic beverages?

  • Das Weibstück says:

    “Do we take all cars away from law abiding citizens”….. stupid. Law abiding citizens do just that. No one is taking your precious guns away Ted.

  • GuestX says:

    Is it just me,or does it seem like the DA’s really dont care if people drive drunk.They have let several repeat habitual drunk drivers back on the road.It isnt a problem for them, until one of the ones they let go, kills someone.Then they make a big speech about how they are gonna prosecute him to the fullest,to smooth the ruffled feathers of the outraged public.This guy had 3 in 4months,the guy before him had 8 I believe.Does anyone know the # of people killed by repeat drunk drivers in the counties these DA’s suppose have authority over.

  • Guest72 says:

    The DA did prosecute him. The judge is the one who suspended the sentence.

  • Guest111 says:

    I absolutely agree with you on this. I would work to support a campaign for it.

  • jj says:

    Alcohol kills more than guns do. But you don’t hear them talking about banding it. Why? To much money is made off the sale of it.

  • Old Man says:

    How well did that work last time it was tried? Prohibition is not the answer, unless you want more organized crime to go along with the drug business.

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