Elderly woman’s arraignment postponed; sanity study ordered

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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The elderly south Bossier City woman charged in the death of her husband appeared in Bossier District Court today, but proceedings were halted until a team of mental health professionals can complete a sanity study. 

Betty Walker, 75, is accused in the stabbing death of her husband, 71-year-old Robert Walker in their Golden Meadows home on Feb. 17, 2019.

On May 20, 2019, a Bossier Parish grand jury indicted Walker on one count of 2nd degree murder Robert Walker’s death, and her arraignment was set for today.

However, in a letter dated April 11, 2019, and filed into court records on April 30, a local psychiatrist wrote he had been seeing Walker for about a year-and-a-half prior to her husband’s death, and she had been diagnosed with early dementia, Alzheimer’s type, along with mental illness.

The study will take some time to complete and for conclusions to be reached, so Walker’s arraignment was re-scheduled for Sept. 20, 2019. 

Walker continues to be held on a $250,000 bond at Bossier Maximum Security in Plain Dealing, La. 

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