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Christina Walters was a gang leader when she was convicted of two murders and an attempted murder. According to court documents Christina Walters was taking part in a gang initiation where the victims was chosen at random. One of the victims would survive the brutal attack and be able to testify against Walters and the others. The other two victims unfortunately would not survive the brutal attack. Christina Walters and the others would be arrested and Walters was convicted and sent to North Carolina death row
Christina Walters was resentenced to life in prison
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Defendant, Christina Shea Walters, was indicted on 4 January 1999 for two counts each of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon, as well as one count each of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. In a second multicount indictment issued 25 January 1999, defendant was also indicted for attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Defendant was tried capitally, and the jury found her guilty of all charges, specifically finding her guilty of both murders on the basis of premeditation and deliberation and under the felony murder rule. Following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for each of the murders, and the trial court entered judgments accordingly. The trial court also sentenced defendant to consecutive terms of imprisonment for each of the nine other felony convictions.
The State’s evidence at trial tended to show that defendant was one of nine gang members who set out to steal a car on the evening of 16 August 1998. The gang members included defendant, Francisco Tirado, Eric Queen, John Juarbe, Ione Black, Tameika Douglas, Carlos Frink, Carlos Nevills, and Darryl Tucker. The gang members gathered at and then left from defendant’s residence, a trailer at 1386 Davis Street in Fayetteville, North Carolina. All nine gang members were “Crips” but of varying subgroups called “sets.”
The gang needed money, and the members decided they would steal a car, drive it into the window of a pawn shop, and steal the property in the pawn shop. Several gang members, including defendant, went to the local Wal-Mart to steal some toiletry items and clothing, and to buy bullets for the occasion. The bullets were taken to the Davis Street trailer, where Tirado painted the tips blue, the color identified with the “Crips” gang, with fingernail polish from defendant’s bedroom.
Soon thereafter, defendant and an unidentified deaf black male who was not part of the gang drove Douglas, Black, and Nevills to a neighborhood location and dropped them off with instructions to find a victim to rob, to steal the victim’s car, to put the victim in the trunk of the car, and then to return to defendant’s trailer within an hour and a half. Defendant provided Nevills with a gun, and then she and the deaf black male drove away, leaving Douglas, Black, and Nevills.
The three gang members walked around looking for someone to rob, and at about 12:30 a.m. on Monday, 17 August, they spotted Debra Cheeseborough leaving the Bojangles where she was the manager. Douglas, Black, and Nevills abducted Cheeseborough at gunpoint and drove around in her car with her in the backseat for a period of time before they stopped the car and put her in the trunk, also robbing her of her jewelry and money. They returned to defendant’s trailer, where the remainder of the gang gathered around the car while discussing what to do with Cheeseborough.
Thereafter, with Cheeseborough still in the trunk, defendant, Douglas, Frink, and Queen got into Cheeseborough’s car and drove her to Smith Lake, a location on the Fort Bragg military base. Defendant told Cheeseborough to get down on one knee. Defendant attempted to fire the gun at Cheeseborough, but it jammed. Defendant said “hold up” and tried to unjam the gun. Defendant then raised the gun again, this time to the level of Cheeseborough’s waist, and fired the bullet into Cheeseborough’s right side. After the shot knocked Cheeseborough down onto her stomach, defendant shot her seven more times. The final shot went through Cheeseborough’s glasses, grazed her eyelid, and hit her thumb. Cheeseborough pretended to be dead. She was discovered the next morning by a passerby and was subsequently taken to a hospital.
Debra Cheeseborough testified that no one told defendant to shoot her, the gun jammed before any shots were fired, it was defendant who told her to go down on one knee, there was no break in the firing of the bullets sufficient for defendant to have handed the gun to any other person to shoot her, and it was defendant who shot her.
After defendant shot Cheeseborough and left her for dead, the gang members returned to defendant’s trailer, where they concluded that they needed a second car. Tucker, Black, Queen, and defendant rode around in Cheeseborough’s car, ultimately targeting a car driven by Susan Moore in which Tracy Lambert was a passenger. The gang trapped Moore’s car at the end of a dead-end road, and defendant handed a gun to Tucker, telling him to “go do what you got to do.” Defendant, Frink, and Queen then drove away in Cheeseborough’s car after Queen directed Black, Tucker, and Douglas to be back at defendant’s trailer in forty-five minutes.
Tucker and Douglas forced Moore and Lambert into the trunk at gunpoint, and then Black, Tucker, and Douglas returned to defendant’s trailer with the women in the trunk. At one point during the drive, the car was stopped so that the gang members could open the trunk and rob the women of their jewelry.
Upon the return to defendant’s trailer, the entire gang surrounded the car and discussed who would kill the women. Despite the women’s pleas for mercy, the entire gang, half in Cheeseborough’s car and half in Moore’s car, drove to a location in Linden where the women were forced out of the trunk and executed, each by a blue-tipped bullet to the brain. Queen shot one of the women, and Tirado shot the other. The gang members once again returned to defendant’s trailer.
After talking for awhile, the group split up, with instructions from Tirado to return by 3:30 p.m. Sometime around dawn, Frink called defendant with news that some bodies had been found. Seven members of the gang, including defendant, subsequently fled to Myrtle Beach using Moore’s cell phone to place calls to defendant’s trailer. Black and Nevills did not accompany the gang to Myrtle Beach.
On Tuesday, 18 August, Juarbe and Tucker were apprehended in Cheeseborough’s car by Myrtle Beach police officers. On Wednesday, 19 August, defendant, Frink, Douglas, Queen, and Tirado were apprehended and arrested at the Bon Villa motel in Myrtle Beach in a room rented by defendant.
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The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled on Friday that three death row inmates will have their sentences reduced to life in prison through the state’s now-defunct Racial Justice Act.
The 2009 law allowed death row inmates to go through an appeals process to receive life without parole if they could prove racial bias was the reason or a significant factor in their original death sentence
North Carolina Republican state lawmakers amended the law in 2012 and then repealed it a year later.
The state Supreme Court decided in June that the repeal could not be applied retroactively, which paved the way for more than 100 prisoners awaiting execution to continue to pursue the reduced sentences they initially sought when the RJA was in effect.
The American Civil Liberties Union represented Christina Walters, Tilmon Golphin and Quintel Augustine in the original RJA hearings in Cumberland County. It also argued on behalf of Walters as the case rose to the Supreme Court.
“The ACLU is thrilled that the North Carolina Supreme Court has ordered that our client Christina Walters be removed from death row,” said a statement from attorney Henderson Hill.
“The powerful evidence of racial bias presented in her case shows not just that her death sentence was wrong, but why it is long past time for America to abandon the death penalty,” Hill said. “The legacy of death penalty in America is one of racial terror. Its racist application continues to deepen the wounds of inequality and normalize extreme sentencing practices that have no place in a just society.”
Walters, who led a Fayetteville street gang, was convicted of the 1998 murders of 18-year-old Tracy Lambert and 21-year-old Susan Moore and the attempted murder of Debra Cheeseborough.
Augustine was convicted of killing Fayetteville police Officer Roy Turner Jr. in November 2001.
Golphin killed N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Ed Lowry and Cumberland County sheriff’s Deputy David Hathcock during a traffic stop in September 1997.
Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks in 2012 cited a “wealth of evidence” of a racially-biased jury selection in all three cases. Weeks made a similar statement about death row inmate Marcus Robinson. Last month, the state Supreme Court ruled that Robinson could serve life without parole.
In 2012, Robinson became the first death row inmate to successfully use North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act to receive a lesser sentence. His death sentence for the killing of 17-year-old Erick Tornblom had been reinstated after the law was nullified, but was reduced once again in August following the court’s decision.