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April 25, 2014

Walker to face hearing

House serving as Interim Chief

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

The fate of his suspension has yet to be determined for London Police Chief Stewart O. Walker  following a family court hearing Wednesday regarding an emergency protective order (EPO).

According to the Madison County court docket, family court judge Nora J. Shepherd — who serves in Madison and Clark counties — ruled in favor of a continuance to May 7 at 1:30 p.m. following the request of the petitioner to have “time to secure the attendance of witnesses.”

Representatives from Coy, Gilbert & Gilbert in Richmond as well as from Dyche Law Offices in London, serving as legal counsel for Walker, objected to the complainant’s request in hopes the matter would be resolved on Wednesday. Judge Shepherd ruled in the petitioner’s favor. 

Walker was suspended with pay on Monday after being served with an EPO by Kentucky State Police on Friday, April 18. An official petition was sworn into Berea police on Thursday, April 17.

According to the filed EPO, Walker has been “physically violent,” “terrorizing,” and involved in “stalking behavior” for the past year with a woman in Madison County following a live-in relationship. The complainant claims she is “afraid of him and what he might do next.”

The protective order prohibits Walker from having contact with the woman and from coming within 500 feet of a Berea address, a Richmond address and a Jellico, Tenn., address.

In the EPO, the petitioner states she previously sought the help of Mayor Troy Rudder, who — as the mayor — is Walker’s employer and superior. During an interview on Tuesday, Rudder confirmed he has met with the complainant twice and is currently investigating the woman’s allegations.

On Thursday, Rudder said he expects to be subpoenaed and attend the next hearing on May 7. 

Walker has been a member of the London Police Department since June 1996. He’s been serving as the chief for about four years. During his absence, Major Derek House will be running the department. House has served on the city police force since May of 1995.

 

sbelzer@sentinel-echo.com

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