New charges in fatal 1998 Ky college dorm fire

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2011 11:34 AM
New charges in fatal 1998 Ky college dorm fire

Police say a man is facing new charges in a fatal dorm fire at Kentucky's Murray State University 10 years after his trial for murder and arson ended in a hung jury.

A Calloway County grand jury indicted 35-year-old Jerry Walker of Paducah on charges of manslaughter, arson, assault and 14 counts of wanton endangerment on Wednesday. The 1998 fire in Hester Hall killed 19-year-old Michael Minger of Niceville, Fla. Walker's 2001 trial ended when the jury deadlocked.

State police said in a statement that they performed an extensive review of the case early last year, and concluded with "a new presentation of findings" to the grand jury.

Walker turned himself in on Thursday. The court has no listing for an attorney.