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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Second man found guilty of murdering Chicago police officer

--Two down, one to go.
  Put these pieces of garbage where they belong.--

Story at Chicago Tribune

By Ellen Jean Hirst
Tribune reporter
11:33 AM CDT, October 9, 2013

Kevin Walker, who prosecutors said went by the nickname of "Killer Kev," has been found guilty of the slaying of Chicago Police Officer Alejandro "Alex" Valadez.

Prosecutors said Walker was driving a car on June 1, 2009, when two passengers opened fire at Valadez, a 27-year-old expectant father who was responding to an earlier call of shots fired in the West Englewood neighborhood. The jury deliberated about 10 hours before handing down the guilty verdict this morning.

A second man, Shawn Gaston, was found guilty in the officer’s death in 2011 and sentenced to 125 years in prison.

The trial for a third defendant, Christopher Harris, is currently underway. Closing arguments in that case are scheduled today at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who prosecuted the case, said Walker and two others were angry about the earlier shooting and went back at the scene to get even.

“They got shot at, went back for weapons and then went back for revenge,” Alvarez said in court.

Valadez was wearing jeans, a bulletproof vest and a duty belt and was standing near where the shooting took place in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue.

Alvarez said the three were part of a “killing team.” She noted that sports teams that win championships often get commemorative rings and asked that the jury give Walker his by finding him guilty on both counts.

“Give him his ring of responsibility,” Alvarez said. “Give Kevin Walker his championship ring.”

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