Suspect in Kenmore shooting found dead in California

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.


  1. yes agreed on June 28, 2020 at 11:59 am

    What a horrible comment.

  2. Ms. Brown on June 25, 2020 at 1:52 am

    You think you know people but you really don’t, Nieghbor’s friends. When I first heard about it, I thought there’s no way in hell he done did no stupid shit like that. And they had been together off and on for over twenty years. But you never know what makes a person tick my sister had been killed by a man like that. But in all honesty most men are cowards they put their han’s on women to control them and women allow it until they are tired . And when we fight back, and they find out they actually can’t whoop our ass anymore and that we just allowed it out of love and it was we allowed them the coward comes out and they have to feel not only they have to prove they have control but prove they are a man.

  3. Valerie on June 25, 2020 at 1:11 am

    What goes around comes around.

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