Appeared in court Monday
The case of the man charged with shooting his sister-in-law is headed to the grand jury. Kenneth “Wayne” Walden, 58, appeared in Campbell County General Sessions Court on Monday.
At 6:55 pm Tuesday evening, Feb. 13, Walden and Deborah Nelson, both of La Follette, were in separate vehicles where Sunset Drive meets Claiborne Road in the Indian River Village neighborhood, when Walden allegedly shot Nelson, La Follette Chief of Police Bill Roehl detailed to WLAF in his notes. After the gun was fired, Nelson drove to the parking lot behind the LPD, and Walden left in the opposite direction. LPD Officer James Farmer began giving first-aid to Nelson with the ambulance soon arriving and taking her to the hospital.
Officers with the La Follette Police Department, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, and the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force were involved in the search for Walden and his white pick-up truck. Walden led police out of La Follette and up the valley into the county. After a couple of hours, when Walden was spotted again, he sped up, then lost control of his truck in a curve, and wrecked striking a tree on Bethlehem Road. He was transported for treatment at the La Follette Medical Center. Walden was later arrested.
Walden, who is married to Nelson’s sister, remains in the county jail this morning on a $1.5 million dollar bond. His case could be presented to the grand jury as early as tomorrow. If he is indicted, Walden will be arraigned in Criminal Court on April 30. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/17/2018-6AM)