Attorneys make closing arguments in Walker trial, jury deliberations underway

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

The trial of former Grand Junction High School Athletic Director Johnnie Walker is nearing its end. Thursday, the prosecution and defense made their closing arguments and a jury is now deliberating.

Walker is on trial for attempted internet luring of a child and attempted enticement of a child, in connection to a series of online chats he had with a man posing as a 14-year-old girl.

During closing statements, the District Attorney's Office argued Walker truly believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl when he made disturbing and sexual comments to her. They say of all the rooms open on the adult chat site he logged in to, Walker found the one with the decoy, looked at her profile which revealed she was a high school freshman in Colorado Springs, and only then contacted her.

Walker's defense attorney argued that Jason Steitel, the man posing as the girl, was not trained to do this kind of operation, he did it all on his own without being preempted by any group, and lied to get this fake 14-year-old into the adult Web site.

She said the jurors couldn't rely on the chats because no one knows if he did anything to them between the time they occurred and when police got them. She maintained that Walker believed he was speaking to an ex-girlfriend in disguise and asked if he was looking for a young girl, what was he doing in an adult chat room in the first place.

11 News will continue to follow this story and bring you the verdict once it has been handed down.

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