Grand jury gets stabbing case
Gloria Garcia wasn’t immediately concerned when she saw a co-worker and the co-worker’s former boyfriend talking after work on Dec. 12.
It wasn’t long before Garcia and others in the parking lot outside the Sports Performance Institute in southern Stafford County were in a total panic.
Witnesses testified Friday in Stafford General District Court that Noel Walker repeatedly stabbed the 19-year-old woman before bystanders in Chatham Square Office Park were finally able to get him to stop.
“I thought she might be dead,” Garcia said. “She wasn’t moving or saying anything.”
Walker, 21, is charged with attempted murder and aggravated malicious wounding. Judge Bruce Strickland sent the charges to a grand jury following a hearing Friday at Stafford Courthouse.
The victim didn’t testify at the preliminary hearing, but evidence presented indicated that she was stabbed more than 30 times all over her body.
She has since undergone multiple surgeries, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen said she is recovering and has returned to work.
No motive for the attack was revealed during the hearing, but Olsen put on three people who witnessed the stabbing.
He also presented an expletive-filled letter that Walker recently sent the victim from jail in which he threatened her and her family members.
The victim and three other women had just left work that evening when the attack took place.
The women shouted at Walker, hit him with purses and tried to pull him off her, but were unable to stop him.
Garcia said Walker paused about a half-dozen times and walked a short distance from the injured woman, but each time immediately resumed the brutal attack.
One of the women ran back into the business and yelled for Marshall Rennie, a physical therapist who was with a patient at the time.
Rennie came out and rushed to the scene, where he kicked Walker in the face, finally stopping the attack.
Walker was about 40 yards away at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant when Deputy Nick Zotos encountered him near the drive-through window.
Upon seeing the deputy, according to the evidence, Walker began stabbing and slicing himself. Zotos used his Taser on Walker to stop the self-inflicted attack.
Detective Todd Nosal testified that about a week ago, he learned that the victim had received a five-page letter from Walker that began, “Dear [expletive].”
The accused wrote that he’s been constantly thinking about new ways to kill her and threatened to “kill or torture” one of her family members to learn of her whereabouts.
“I will not rest till your [sic] dead,” the letter reads. “ …I cannot wait until that day comes but for now so long [expletive].”
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