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Co-defendant guilty in
torture, murder case

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A Clayton County jury took about three hours Friday to find an Atlanta man guilty in the 2006 torture and murder of a fellow Morehouse College student, in Riverdale.

In Clayton County Superior Court, Miles Jonathan Allen, 24, was found guilty on 11 of 12 counts in the death of Carlnell Walker, 23.

Allen is the first of four co-defendants to be tried in the case. Prosecutors told jurors that Allen and three other men beat, stomped, and stabbed Walker for several hours at Walker's home on Glenshire Court, in Riverdale.

Executive Assistant District Attorney Jason Green also told the jury that Walker was bound, gagged, doused with a flammable liquid, and left to die in the trunk of a car in his garage, where his body was discovered July 8, 2006.

The jury found Allen guilty of murder, three counts of felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and two counts of burglary. He was acquitted on an armed robbery charge.

Co-defendants Keith Roberts, Breylon Garland, and Theodore Holliman will be tried separately, according to Green. Roberts and Garland are also former Morehouse students, police said.

During Allen's trial, Green played a videotape of a Clayton County Police interview of Allen, that took place on July 20, 2006. In the video, Allen admitted to participating in the attack. He told police that the motive was "big money."

According to prosecutors, Walker had apparently bragged that he was expecting a settlement from a March, 2006 automobile accident.

Superior Court Judge Deborah Benefield is scheduled to sentence Allen at 9 a.m., Monday.

District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson said Allen could face, at least, three consecutive life sentences.

"I am extremely pleased with the verdict," Lawson said. "I'm very proud of my staff that handled this case."

Green tried the case along with Assistant District Attorneys Katie Powers and Anece Baxter White.

"We're obviously disappointed in the verdict, but we respect the service of the jurors," said Defense Attorney Herbert Adams. "It was a difficult case. This is a tragic case all around," he said.

"There will be an appeal," Adams said. "It's typical in these types of cases. Thirty days from the day of sentencing will be the deadline to file."