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Security guard OKs plea bargain, will likely go to jail for shooting couple

August 15th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel, a security guard who gunned down two people in front of a West Knoxville jewelry store has made a plea agreement and will probably go to jail Monday.

Jessie Monroe Walker, 63, will plead guilty to two counts of aggravated assault Monday, according to T. Scott Jones, who represents one of the two victims who fell to bullets fired by Walker on Feb. 28.

Jones said Friday he anticipates that Walker will receive a sentence in the range of 10 to 12 years, with part of that time spent behind bars and the rest on intensive probation.

Walker shot Kevin Bowman, 22, and Elizabeth Day, 18, in front of Markman's Fine Diamonds and Jewelry on Kingston Pike. He was working for Vinson Guard Service when the shooting happened. Jones has argued that Walker shot the couple, neither of whom was armed, without provocation.

Bowman was hit in the forehead and Day was struck in the chest. Both survived, but Bowman was paralyzed, Jones said.

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