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September 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Murder charge refiled in 2010 stabbing of Black Diamond woman

A Black Diamond man who was sent to the state mental hospital after allegedly stabbing his elderly mother to death in August 2010 is once again facing criminal charges.

Cecil Walker, 54, was charged last week with first-degree premeditated murder in connection with the Aug. 27, 2010, slaying of Ella Walker. The same charge was dismissed in January 2012 after Walker was ruled mentally incompetent and sent to Western State Hospital, according to court paperwork filed by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz.

When hospital staff recently revealed Walker was considered well enough to be released, authorities picked him up at the Pierce County hospital and bused him back to the King County Jail, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Erin Ehlert said on Wednesday morning.

“Prior to the murder, he threatened the lives of other family members,” Raz wrote in charges. “He represents a danger to his family and the community.”

According to Black Diamond police, after killing his 86-year-old mother, Walker walked to the police station to report that her body was in the home. Walker then returned to the home.

Officers showed up on the porch about five minutes later to find Cecil Walker covered in blood. He invited them inside, where they found his mother’s body in a chair, according to a police report.

When officers asked Walker what had happened, he allegedly said that “it had to happen.”

Walker was vague about what had occurred, and indicated he had gotten his mother’s blood on him from a knife he had picked up inside their home, the police report said.

Walker declined to talk any further because he “had been through a lot,” the report said.

According to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, Ella Walker suffered multiple stab wounds, many in her neck.

Earnest Vestal, a family friend, told The Seattle Times in 2010 that Ella Walker was known in Black Diamond as “Granny.”

“Granny couldn’t have been any nicer to anyone who came by,” Vestal said.

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