The last of the defendants to go on trial for the 2006 murder of Morehouse College Student Carlnell Walker received a life sentence from a Clayton County Superior Court judge on Wednesday.
Keith Jerome Roberts was found guilty in late April of malice murder, felony murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and false imprisonment. Police found Walker dead and tied up in the trunk of his car at his Riverdale area home nearly six years ago. His home also had appeared to have been searched.
Roberts was one of one of four men accused of being involved in the murder. Prosecutors linked him to the crime through a single fingerprint left on a gas lamp globe in the middle of Walker’s living room.
Judge Deborah Benefield sentenced Roberts this week to two life sentences, plus 10 years, all to be served consecutively, according to Chief Assistant District Attorney Erman Tanjuatco.
Man pleads guilty to 2011 stabbing death of girlfriend
In other court action on Wednesday, William Nazario, 33, pleaded guilty in Clayton County Superior Court to one count of felony murder, five counts of concealing a death, five counts of cruelty to children, four counts of aggravated battery, and two counts of aggravated assault, according to Executive Assistant District Attorney Lalaine Briones.
Nazario stabbed his then-girlfriend, Korean Bowden, 32, to death in their Riverdale home on Sept. 9, 2011, and later tied up the children — who were ages 4, 9 and 12 at the time — when they came home from school, according to Briones. She said Bowden’s family wanted a plea deal to spare the children any possible trauma associated with testifying during a trial.
He was sentenced to life in prison, but will be eligible for parole in 30 years, Briones added.