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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There are still questions tonight why a man accused of hitting and killing a woman in a suspected drunk driving crash Friday was not in jail for previous crimes.

Pierre Walker had twice been convicted of DWI this month alone and was on probation in at least three counties.

“When you look at what causes the most death and destruction every year in the 5th (judicial) district, and the 13th district for that matter, it’s not guns or knives. It’s a car being driven by an impaired driver,” David said. “Impaired drivers, which cause these accidents, which are no accidents at all, are going to continue to face the full measure of the law.”

According to court records Pierre Walker, 26, was no stranger to area court rooms. In February alone he was convicted on two separate DWI charges.

“Mr. Walker was a priority for my office, because he had demonstrated not once but twice that he was driving while subject to impairing substances, and anyone who does that is more likely to offend again, and so we wanted to make sure that his cases were prosecuted to the fullest extent, and they were,” David said.

David’s brother Jon, who is DA in Brunswick and Columbus counties, where Walker’s newest charges are, says his DWI convictions this month should have gotten him at least 60 days in jail. Instead, Jon David says Walker got probation.

Judge Sandra Ray heard both of those cases. She left WWAY a voicemail in answer to our questions about Walker’s sentence.

“I have pulled both of those files, and I’ve got that driving record, and they were not 60 days. One conviction was a year in prison. Another was two years in prison,” she said in the call.

But court records show that in each case Ray suspended the sentences in favor of 24 months of supervised probation.

She was in court Tuesday and could not be reached to further explain her decisions.

WWAY spoke with the family of Martha Mintz, the mother and grandmother killed in Friday’s crash. They did not want to talk on camera, but they said they would like to speak with Judge Ray about her decision and that they hope Walker spends the rest of his life in prison.

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29 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Questions remain about why accused killer was not in jail"

2015 years 9 months ago

It only takes one time driving drunk to kill someone. I wish all venicles driven by drunks would be taken and sold at auction. Also, those who were driving would not be allowed to buy it and I would like to see these drivers lose their license for 5 years. All this on the first offense. Not many people would be willing to let a drunk drive their car if they stood a chance of losing it. Make the punishment hurt.

2015 years 9 months ago

the punishment for DWI is beheading at worst…public flogging at best.

2015 years 9 months ago

Everything doesn’t always boil down to taxation for funding. We re-allocate existing funding and apply it reasonably for “bang for the buck”. We can start with elimination of lifetime entitlement bene’s for the lazy that don’t or won’t work and deal drugs for a living. We stop feeding, providing housing and free healthcare to every illegal alien that casually strolls across our border. We take the current prisoners and put then to mandatory work detail and reduce the government load. Prisoners do excellent roofing tar and asphalt paving in the summertime. In addition, we fine and seize property of the perpetrators to put that back into the system and help pay for it. By doing this we reduce crime, keep the criminals under lock and key, they stop laughing and the people stop losing. We won’t need as many judges, so the ones we keep will have to do their job in a top notch manner. We won’t need as many lawyers as the criminal will remain in prison and won’t need them.

In addition, this is the first and foremost basic step to controlling gun related violence. They can’t get the guns if they remain in prison. The point is, there IS a way to make this happen without additional taxation. The politicians avoid it, the attorneys avoid it, the judges avoid it and nothing ever really happens but a bunch of horse-hooie with chin-music. Nobody wants their money machine mangled, remember?

The long and short of it is: The method of crime control we currently have does nothing other that generate a bunch of fat pockets, it isn’t helping society and leeches like this careless drunk will forever continue to plague us.

There are effective methods of dealing with this. The big problem is, it takes work, change and something other than simply throwing tax money at it! When we KNOW exactly what a persons criminal history will dictate for their future based on their record, it is no less tha asinine to allow them to access freedom again! This is a simple multiple DWI case that resulted in a tragic death of an innocent person. Only one of hundreds of thousands of these across the nation. We have convicted murderers, rapists, pedophiles and drug dealers freely walking among us by the thousands everyday…just waiting for their next “opportunity”. That opportunity could be you, your wife and/or your children.

2015 years 9 months ago

Another PRIME EXAMPLE to prove our judicial system is broken, turns it’s head the other way and a joke. Hope Judge Sandra Ray Criner sleeps well at night. What a joke.

2015 years 9 months ago

It’s the same thing over and over.
The food deliverly man

They are all put back on the street to repeat over and over.
Some have 10-20 charges and the get probation


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