MURRAY, Ky. – State police say a Paducah man is facing new charges in a fatal dorm fire at Murray State University 10 years after his trial for murder and arson ended in a hung jury.
A Calloway County grand jury indicted 35-year-old Jerry Walker on charges of manslaughter, arson, assault and 14 counts of wanton endangerment on Wednesday. The 1998 fire in Hester Hall killed 19-year-old Michael Minger of Niceville, Fla. Walker's 2001 trial ended when the jury deadlocked.
State police said in a statement they performed an extensive review of the case early last year, and concluded with "a new presentation of findings" to the grand jury.
Walker turned himself in on Thursday. Calloway Circuit Court Clerk Linda Avery says the court has no listing for an attorney for Walker.