A 56-year-old man charged with suffocating his wife with plastic wrap has been set for trial, not pretrial hearings, and is now out of jail, according to court records.
Wilbur S. Walker faces a single charge of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree domestic assault in the June 13 death of his 60-year-old wife, Joan Walker.
Walker reportedly called police about 9:50 p.m. the day his wife was found dead and said that he had strangled her. When officers arrived to the couple’s apartment at 1021 Pearl St. SE, he said he had been “shoving” his wife’s head against the wall when she “flipped out and nearly hit me in the head with the TV,” according to an arrest warrant. Police said that in their investigation, they learned that Wilbur Walker had struck his wife in the head multiple times.
Joan Walker’s cause of death was anoxic asphyxia — an abnormal lack of oxygen to the brain, court records say. Her injuries also included a fractured bone and multiple rib fractures.
Wilbur Walker was arrested and taken to the District’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. He was later released on $100,000 bond. He cannot return to their apartment unless he’s checked into a hospital, court records say.
The trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 5.
A condition of his bond is that he have no contact with his wife’s family or be at his apartment in the meantime.