Suspected triggerman in court in death of 13-year-old

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - New details emerge in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy killed by an apparent stray bullet.

Three felony charges against suspected triggerman, William Walker, 21, have been certified to a Chesterfield grand jury.

Walker is charged with second degree murder, malicious wounding and use of a firearm. A gang participation charge was dropped today.

Walker's attorney, Vaughan Jones, claims his client was trying to defend himself when a tragedy occurred.

A nervous looking Walker glanced at his mother before deputies escorted him from court back to lock up.

"Those are not nerves because he's sitting in a courtroom those are not nerves because he's facing some very serious charges he is beside himself with what happened to Chompy," said Jones.

"Chompy" or Devin Hawkins died April 23 while running for cover when gunshots sounded near his home.

A Chesterfield detective testified about a statement she took from walker who fled to Pennsylvania after the shootings.

In it, Walker claims he'd been having problems with 17-year-old Levon Holmes, that he fired his gun toward the ground intending to shoot Holmes in the leg to get him to back off.

Walker heard Holmes say "ow" and saw him limp away.

His attorney said Walker didn't realize a stray bullet struck and killed Hawkins.

"His explicit words were Chompy's a good kid. He couldn't believe this had happened," said Jones.

The prosecutor argues Walker had a chance to leave the area before things got out of hand. The case now goes to the grand jury, which meets in September.

The judge told the court this was one of the more tragic cases she's heard.

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