May 27, 2011 - 12:48pmUpdated: May 27, 2011 - 2:58pm
After almost 24 hours of deliberations, a jury in Yorkton has found Kim Walker guilty of manslaughter in the murder of his daughter’s boyfriend.
Walker was charged with second-degree murder in the 2003 death of 24-year-old James Hayward. On Thursday, the jury convicted him of manslaughter. He is to be sentenced on Friday.
With the manslaughter charge, the unlawful killing of another person without malice, Walker faces a minimum sentence of four years in prison and the maximum of a life sentence. A second-degree murder charge carries an automatic life sentence with no parole for at least 10 years.
Walker fired shots at 24-year-old Hayward, killing him right in front Walker’s then-16-year-old daughter, Jadah. She was dating and living with Hayward at the time.
Court heard Walker used a registered gun. He fired 10 shots and five of them hit Hayward, one shot hit him in the back while he was turning away. Shots were also fired while Hayward was on the ground, which is something the Crown said was, “by any measure, murder.”
Walker argued he was acting in self-defence, insisting Hayward was a drug dealer who was preying on Jadah.
He also said he doesn’t remember the events of the killing very clearly. A psychiatrist testified that this very well could be true, that Walker could have been in “dissociative state.”
Court heard Hayward was a bodybuilder on steroids who sold and used drugs. Jadah was also addicted to drugs, losing 40 pounds – from 135 to 95-- while she was with Hayward.
An RCMP officer, who responded to the call, testified that when he entered the home, he saw Jadah cradling Hayward who was “obviously deceased.”
Walker was originally convicted of second-degree murder in 2007, but the decision was overturned by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal due to a “fatal error” by a trial judge.