Brown guilty on all charges, including capital murder of Trooper Walker

Brown guilty on all charges, including capital murder of Trooper Walker
Russell Ervin Brown (Source: NBC12)
Russell Ervin Brown (Source: NBC12)

DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - A jury found Russell E. Brown guilty on all charges Thursday in the death of Master Trooper Junius Walker, who was killed on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie in March 2013.

Moments after the verdicts were read, Walker's widow Elizabeth summed up the family's reaction: "Finally, Justice for Walker!"

The jury deliberated for two days, three hours Wednesday and an additional five hours Thursday before finding Brown guilty of capital murder, attempted capital murder, attempted first-degree murder and three firearms charges in connection with the shooting from March 7, 2013.

The defense argued this week that Brown was legally insane when he killed Walker and that he was "preordained by God."

Dinwiddie Commonwealth's Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill recognized that Brown suffers from mental illness, but argued that "a bad decision is not insanity."

"There is no lack of sympathy or compassion but there is no license to kill," she said.

Earlier in the trial, which lasted more than a week, Thomas Hales testified he saw a police cruiser in the woods and another car slightly behind it. Fearing the worst, he pulled over and backed up.

He testified he found Walker slumped inside his vehicle with no obvious injuries. Hales says seconds later, a slim man holding a gun across his chest popped up from the passenger side of the police cruiser.

Hales says he got out of there and into his truck when he heard shots fired. Several hit the truck. One went through the passenger window and out the windshield before he was able to drive away and call 911.

The sentencing phase of this trial begins Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. It's at that point, the jury will hear victim impact statements.

"He did what he did. We all have to pay for what we've done, God's going to the be the final judge," says Walker's younger brother, Oris Walker.

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