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1 downtown shooting suspect ordered released

A Brookhaven Municipal Court judge decided Tuesday that there isnot enough evidence to hold 20-year-old David Walker in the Aprilshooting of 85-year-old Brookhaven woman Eva Pullen, officialssaid.

Initial witness statements indicated Pullen was sitting in hervehicle in a handicapped spot in the parking lot between theBrookhaven Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and the Fred’s DollarStore on Whitworth Avenue when brothers Quincy Walker, 22, andDavid Walker, both of Brookhaven, allegedly shot her and stole herpurse on Saturday, April 24. The Walker brothers were charged withaggravated assault and armed robbery.

Pullen sustained several gunshot wounds. She underwent surgeryat a Jackson hospital and has returned home.

Brookhaven Assistant Police Chief Nolan Jones said during theWalkers’ preliminary hearing, Judge Raymond Boutwell said thatthere was not probable cause to hold David Walker in Pullen’sshooting, and he was released.

The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to allow an initialreview of case evidence. More extensive evidence could be madeavailable at a later time.

“We still have evidence that is at the crime lab that wasn’tpresented,” said Police Chief Pap Henderson.

David Walker was already out on bond for a previous armedrobbery charge when he was arrested in the armed robbery andaggravated assault of Pullen, Henderson said. He was charged in therobbery of a North Jackson Street convenience store lastOctober.

“The judge saw fit that he let him go over this second one,”Henderson said.

Neither Boutwell nor City Prosecutor Brad Boerner were availablefor comment.

Meanwhile, Quincy Walker is currently being held in a statecorrectional facility because he was on probation from othercharges, Henderson said.

“Regardless of what they do in city court, they’re both going tothe next grand jury,” Henderson said.

Meanwhile, District Attorney Dee Bates said that he can’tcomment extensively on the matter, but he echoed Henderson’ssentiments.

“The entire case, obviously, will go to grand jury,” he said.”If they indict him, they indict him and then I get to deal withhim.”

The charges on both Walkers still stand, officials said.