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Woman convicted of murdering Abilene police officer files appeal

EASTLAND, Texas - Violet Walter, the woman convicted in October of killing Abilene police officer Don Allen, has filed for an appeal of her conviction and sentence.

Walter and her husband, Phillip Walter, were both found guilty of murder, robbery, and theft of a firearm in Callahan County on Oct. 17. Court records show the pair met Allen through a Craigslist ad for sex and that they planned to rob him. Allen was found dead by strangulation in his home on Aug. 31, 2015.

They were both sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder, 20 years for robbery and two years for theft of a firearm, all to be served concurrently.

Walter’s lawyer, Ken Leggett, filed a motion for a new trial on Nov. 4, two weeks after the couple was found guilty.

Walter’s new lawyer, Michele Greene, filed a notice of appeal with the 11th District Court of Appeals in Eastland on Jan. 5.

In the motion for new trial, Walter says she believes the verdict of the jury was “contrary to the law” and that the jury “disregarded substantial compelling evidence from the State’s medical expert that the death of Don [Allen] was accidental.”

During the trial in October, Dr. Tasha Greenberg of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office testified that there wasn’t an indication on Allen’s body of a life or death struggle. She also acknowledged that one of the sex acts Allen agreed to, choking, is high risk. She said the office couldn’t determine whether sex was forced or not in Allen’s case and said she couldn’t rule out that Allen died during a sex act he consented to.

The last update with the 11th District Court of Appeals was a docketing statement filed on Jan. 10.


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