Walker guilty of first-degree murder charge, three other charges

Mar. 04, 2014 @ 06:33 PM

OXFORD — Jacobi Walker, 27-year-old from Creedmoor, was found guilty of first-degree murder Monday in the death of a Holly Springs man and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Walker, of 1642 Gate 2 Road in Creedmoor, appeared in Granville County Superior Court before Judge Paul Ridgeway. Walker, prosecuted by assistant district attorneys Cindy Bostic and Allison Capps for the state, was also found guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon, financial card theft and larceny of a motor vehicle.

David Waters, Walker’s attorney, said he gave notice in open court to appeal the conviction. Waters declined to comment on the verdict.

The homicide of Thomas Forte Jr., 27, took place on July 17, 2011, and the investigation into his death began two days later, according to Granville County Detective D.B. Minchew.

He said Walker and co-defendant Shauna Marie Parker stole the victim’s vehicle, which deputies tracked down shortly after the vehicle was discovered missing.

The murder weapon, a baseball bat, was found in the trunk of the vehicle, and Walker was in possession of the victim’s bank cards, Minchew said.

An autopsy report showed Forte died from blunt force trauma to the skull and face, he said.

Minchew said robbery was the motive for the killing.

Parker, 30, faces the same charges. Bostic said her trial date has not yet been set.

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