JACKSON, MS (WL BT) - Darrell Walker has been found guilty of accessory after the fact to capitol murder in the death of Jackson nurse Juliet Lilly. The jury deliberated about an hour before reaching the verdict.
Walker, who was also found guilty of auto theft in the case, will serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Walker drove Lilly's vehicle shortly after she was murdered in a home invasion in May of 2008.
Accused murderer William Roy Jones asked Walker to drive the 1996 Mitsubishi Mirage because Jones wasn't able to drive a stick shift, said authorities.
Officials said Jones managed to drive the vehicle in first gear from Lilly's home to the apartments where Walker was staying.
It was late at night and Jones was covered in blood when he asked Walker to drive the vehicle, according to authorities.
Despite protests from his girlfriend, Walker drove the vehicle to Ethel Park, then parked it behind Apple Ridge Shopping Center, a few blocks from Lilly's home on Mulberry Street.
According to statements read in court, Walker asked Jones if he killed somebody when he saw the man covered in blood. Jones responded, essentially, that what he does is his business.
Investigators said Jones stabbed Lilly 17 times when she confronted him with a gun. Lilly's home had been repeatedly burglarized.
According to statements read in court Wednesday, Jones confessed to the murder. His capitol murder trial will begin at a later date. Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said he is deciding whether to ask for the death penalty if Jones is convicted.
Investigators said Jones stole the Mitsubishi, a computer, a TV/radio combination, and a small bag of change after murdering Lilly.
Walker and Jones each have about two dozen previous arrests arrests, for both felonies and misdemeanors.
Lilly's friends say she was a native of Great Britain and worked as a nurse for a local health care organization affiliated with the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
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