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September 18, 2008

Eastern football star pleads not guilty to robbery

A former EKU football star player pleaded not guilty Thursday in Madison Circuit Court to robbery and fleeing charges in connection with a shoplifting incident which ended in the injury of an elderly woman.

Davin Walker, 22, was arrested July 3 on first-degree robbery and evasion charges after an incident at the Richmond Wal-Mart, in which he allegedly attempted to steal cell phone components and feminine hygiene products.

Cpl. Jake Adkins of the Richmond Police Department has testified that Walker was seen on Wal-Mart store surveillance tapes putting items into a backpack. He was confronted by two Wal-Mart employees, one a manager and the other a representative of loss prevention.

It appeared on the video that Walker lunged straight toward one of the men knocking him down, and then fled the scene, Adkins said.

An innocent bystander also was injured in the incident.

“A physical altercation ensued, and a shopping cart overturned, tearing the tip off of a 69-year-old female customer’s thumb,” said Sgt. Willard Reardon, public information officer for the RPD.

However, the woman’s thumb tip was not completely severed, said Adkins.

She has since received stitches and is recovering, he said.

“The lady told me that she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Adkins said. “She was walking into the store with a buggy (when the altercation occurred).”

Walker lost his shoes and backpack during his run from Wal-Mart employees, Adkins said. The recovered backpack contained a cell phone battery charger, a box of douches and a bottle of feminine hygiene spray.

Walker was arrested by Richmond Police near Roy Kidd Stadium shortly before 2 p.m.

“What otherwise would have been a theft charge was elevated to first-degree robbery by the physical altercation,” Reardon said.

Michael Eubanks, Walker’s defense attorney, has disagreed with the charges.

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