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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

[WI] "Resigned" Officer Walker accused of attacking her girlfriend's ex-husband

... Walker resigned from the Madison police after seven years of service... "The defendant, we believe, planned a home invasion in the middle of the night... and she used a shovel to break a window to get in, strangle the victim and in explicit threat against the victim"... Walker had been having a romantic relationship with the man's ex-wife...

Ex-Police Officer Accused Of Break-In, Strangling Man Woman Faints During Bail Hearing
UPDATED: 2:29 pm CDT April 3, 2007

MADISON, Wis. -- A University of Wisconsin law student and former Madison police officer was arrested this weekend on suspicion of breaking into a man's house and strangling him.

Laura Walker, 36, of Blanchardville, was at her bail hearing on Monday when she fainted.

The incident happened only a few minutes after the proceeding began at the Dane County Court. Walker resigned from the Madison police after seven years of service last December to keep studying to be a lawyer. She appeared very distressed at the cameras and media at the hearing, WISC-TV reported.

Suddenly, she fainted and hit the wall as she collapsed. Medical personnel were called in, and she was eventually wheeled out to get checked. She returned to the hearing about one hour later, WISC-TV reported.

Court records allege that Walker assaulted and threatened to kill the ex-husband of a woman with whom she was having a relationship. The district attorney's office said that her plan was calculated.

"The defendant, we believe, planned a home invasion in the middle of the night," said Michael Verveer, Dane County assistant district attorney. "She is a former Madison police officer and she used a shovel to break a window to get in, strangle the victim and in explicit threat against the victim."

The prosecution alleges that Walker told the man that she'd kill him if he reported her to the police.

Walker was arrested on tentative charges of burglary and reckless endangerment. She has been ordered to stay away from the victim and his two children if she makes bail. Her cash bail was set at $10,000, although her attorney said that she only has a few thousand dollars available to her.

Walker was a law intern at the district attorney's office last summer. Some there said that she was wonderful and they can't believe she's now in jail, WISC-TV reported.

The district attorney's office said that it hopes to have a special prosecutor handle her formal charging.

During her tenure with the Madison police, Walker sometimes worked as a public information officer. She is currently in her third year of law school, WISC-TV reported.

http://www.channel3000.com/news/11497411/detail.html


Ex-cop in court for beating faints She allegedly assaulted ex-husband of woman she's involved with
MADISON, Wis. (AP) | Apr 4, 7:57 AM

A former police officer who once interned in the district attorney's office here has been accused of breaking into a man's home, beating him and ordering him to stay away from his ex-wife.

Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard said Tuesday that the case against former Madison police officer Laura Walker, 36, was being moved to Milwaukee County to avoid a conflict of interest.

Walker, who has not yet been officially charged with a crime, was taken from a bail hearing Monday afternoon in a wheelchair after she appeared to faint and fell against a wall. She later posted $5,000 bail and left the jail.

Court Commissioner David Flesch issued a temporary restraining order banning Walker from the man's home. The district attorney's office described the break-in as a calculated crime.

"The defendant, we believe, planned a home invasion in the middle of the night," assistant district attorney Michael Verveer told WISC-TV. "She is a former Madison police officer, and she used a shovel to break a window to get in, strangle the victim and in explicit threat against the victim."

Walker had been having a romantic relationship with the man's ex-wife, according to the complaint for a search warrant on her Blanchardville home.

The 35-year-old man told police in court documents that he was in bed about 2 a.m. Saturday when he heard someone breaking into his house. He said he wrestled with the intruder, breaking a closet door, and managed to push the person out of his bedroom.

The man told police he recognized Walker when she pushed him to the floor and straddled him. He said she choked him and warned him away from his ex-wife, adding, "If you call the police, I'll kill you before they pick me up."

The man said Walker then kneed him in the stomach and calmly walked out the door.

Walker served with the Madison police from May 1999 to December, when she resigned. For part of that time, she was the department's public information officer.

A third-year University of Wisconsin law student, she also interned last summer with the district attorney's office.

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