No death penalty in shooting of Edwards man
The man who admitted to Boulder police that he shot Vail Valley native Todd Walker will not face the death penalty.
Kevin Michael McGregor, 22, of Longmont faces first degree murder charges for shooting Walker during a robbery, but he will not face the death penalty if he’s convicted, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said in a motion filed Wednesday morning.
“Every time there’s a case when that might be a potential sentence, the district attorney consults with the police investigators and the victim’s family and makes a determination whether to seek the death penalty,” said Catherine Olguin, spokesperson for the Boulder County District Attorney’s office. “In this case, he determined that he would not.”
Walker, 20, was killed when he stopped a robbery and put himself between McGregor and Elizabeth Roach, 21, a woman he was walking home from a party in Boulder, near the University of Colorado campus.
McGregor was wearing a bandana over his face and carrying a gun when he tried to rob them. McGregor was also on probation at the time of the incident.
During the confrontation, Roach yanked the mask from McGregor’s face and McGregor pulled a pistol from his pocket and fired a shot into the air. That’s when Walker stepped between them.
McGregor fired at Walker from point blank range, hitting him in the chest. He died at the scene, his father said.
McGregor ran away, but was arrested 24 hours later while working at a sandwich shop just four blocks from the University of Colorado campus. In an arrest affidavit, McGregor admitted to the shooting.
McGregor was free because Boulder District Judge Gwyneth Whalen let him out of prison after serving 120 days of a five-year sentence on an assault and extortion conviction.
Walker, a football player at the University of New Hampshire, was home on spring break and was in Boulder to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of his high school friends who attend CU.
McGregor will be back in Boulder County District Court April 25 for a preliminary hearing, where a judge will determine if he should stand trial.
If convicted, McGregor will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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