The suspect in a June 17 murder at a Manchester Road address has been found dead himself.
Police say Chester “Billy” Walker, 53, was found dead in Santa Monica, California, of an apparent suicide. Police say the death was confirmed around June 23.
The Akron Police Department and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office were both investigating the murder of Twyla Pettiford, 52, of Akron. Pettiford was found dead in a garage around 11:30 a.m. June 17 with multiple gunshot wounds. She was prounounced dead at the scene and an autopsy was scheduled for June 18.
During the investigation, police identified Walker as a suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Police say he was driving a silver, 2012 Chevy Impala at the time of Pettiford’s shooting. How and when he got to California was not released.