BENTON, Ky. - A Marshall County jury returned a not guilty verdict late Wednesday afternoon in the Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. retrial case. Walker had faced charges in connection with a September 1998 fatal fire at Murray State University's Hester Hall dormitory (now Residential College).
In the summer of 2001, a Hopkinsville jury could not render a verdict, meaning the case could be retried, and it was. A 12-person jury in Benton needed a little more than four hours to make its determination in Marshall Circuit Court. Walker was acquitted of all charges that included arson, manslaughter, assault and wanton endangerment.