Former cop’s murder trial scheduled

BY STACI WILSON

The trial of a former Montrose borough police officer accused of killing his estranged wife over 20 years ago is scheduled to begin Sept. 30. Jury selection in the case is slated to start Sept. 23 in the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas.

John Walker, of Montrose, was charged late last year with the November 1983 murder of Lynda (Conrad) Walker at the couple’s trailer in New Milford Twp.

Lynda Walker was killed by a single, close-range, gunshot wound to the chest. Initially, the her death had been ruled a suicide by John Conarton, now deceased, who was the Susquehanna County coroner at the time of the death.

The state police investigation into Lynda Walker’s death was reopened in 2010 at the request of the district’s attorney’s office. Her body was exhumed and autopsied in June 2011. In that autopsy report, Dr. Isidore Mihalakis, M.D., a forensic pathologist, listed the cause of death as homicide.

Prosecutor John Flannery Jr. of the state attorney general’s office is handling the case for the Commonwealth.

Susquehanna County District Attorney Jason Legg asked the attorney general’s office to take over the prosecution of the case. Prior to his arrest, Walker had served as a Susquehanna County Task Force detective under the supervision of the district attorney. Walker was terminated from that position.

Attorney Paul Ackourey is representing Walker.

Presiding over the case will be Senior Judge Linda Wallach-Miller of Monroe County.

Walker has been held, without bail, since his October 2012 arrest.