Deputies: Etowah man killed father, claimed he had heart attack
Michael Walker (Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -
An Etowah man was arrested Sunday night after deputies said he killed his father but claimed he died from a heart attack.
Henderson County deputies said they were called to 24 Sagebrush Circle after 44-year-old Michael Walker called 911 and claimed his father, 71-year-old Gerald "Jerry" Walker, of Lilburn, GA, had suffered a heart attack.
During that 911 conversation, Michael Walker told the dispatcher he and his father had gotten into a fist fight right before he had fallen to the ground of a heart attack.
"He attacked me, he's all bruised up he hit me," Michael Walker said in that 911 call. He told the dispatcher he had physically defended himself in that fight.
Investigators said that when they arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later, Michael Walker said his father had suffered the heart attack during a fight between the pair. However, investigators said, there were inconsistencies in Michael Walker's story, accompanied with a strong smell of bleach in the home. They said it also appeared Gerald Walker had been dead for much longer than 10 minutes.
"When the call comes in as a heart attack and we get there and there's a significant odor of bleach with fans circulating in the house, it appeared the scene had been sanitized and cleaned for some reason," said Capt. Frank Stout with the Henderson Sheriffs Office. "Therefore, our investigation turned to homicide."
Investigators have spoken with some family members but are still seeking a motive.
"We're conducting interviews with family members in Georgia, but at this time we've have not had anything substantial brought forth," said Stout.
Michael Walker was charged with first-degree murder. He was being held in the county jail without bond.
An autopsy is scheduled for Gerald Walker.
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