Walker pleads not guilty

An Anchor Point woman charged with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting at an Alaska Wildlife Trooper on the Sterling Highway pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the Kenai Courthouse.

On July 15, trooper Trent Chwialkowski returned gunfire when Walker shot at him as he tried to stop her car. Walker suffered gunshot wounds to the arm and torso. No one else was injured, troopers reported.

A Kenai grand jury indicted Walker on July 30 for attempted first-degree murder and four counts of third-degree assault, all felonies. It also added misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and fourth-degree weapons misconduct. Walker had previously been charged with reckless driving, also a misdemeanor.

Walker attended her arraignment telephonically from the medical unit of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, a facility for housing female prisoners located near Eagle River. 

Public defender Andy Pevehouse said he spoke with Walker and she understood the charges against her. Superior Court Judge Anna Moran continued Walker’s arraignment last week when she discovered the defendant was on pain medications and had not consulted an attorney.

Pevehouse requested his client stay at Highland, so its medical unit could continue to treat her injuries. The court decided the Alaska Department of Corrections make that decision.

Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman set a trial for Oct. 19 at the Homer Courthouse.

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com.

Editor’s note: A spelling error in the above article was changed. Highland (Mountain Correctional Center) was changed to its correct spelling, Hiland.

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