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Driver charged with murder, 4th DWI in Friday crash

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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.

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Habitual DUI, I just don't

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.

The Da's

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.

The DA did prosecute him.

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

dwi

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?

stupid

"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.

I am SO Afraid!

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.

My suggestion

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.

it's past time that the

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!

How well did that work last

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.

Alcohol Kills

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.

I'm here

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

habitual DWI driver

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!!

DWI Death---another of many lately

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.

Look at that face ....

Absolutely NO remorse ....

Looks like Jon and Ben need

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!

Judge's Duty

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.

It's too bad...

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.

dwi driver kills

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

Taxpayer...it is all about

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.

AMEN AMEN NO AMOUNT OF MONEY

AMEN AMEN
NO AMOUNT OF MONEY IS GOING TO BRING MY SISTER BACK
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!

You're right. He'll be out

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.

Took the words right out of

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

I'm sure the laws mean

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

^This - Representing Drunk Drivers is big business for lawyers

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.

Nobody in the General

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.