Case conferences for two men, charged with second-degree murder in separate cases, have been continued. Melanie Blackburn, attorney for Conner Lindsey, and James Gilmartin, who represents Skyler Walker, both requested additional time Thursday during case conference sessions conducted by Special District Judge Carson Brooks. The judge reset both Lindsey’s and Walker’s appearances on Oct. 27.
While the stabbing death of William “Payton” Lockwood, 19, and the shotgun slaying of 16-year-old Ariana Mosher are unrelated, the two are linked by time and place. Walker, 20, is accused of wielding the knife that claimed Lockwood’s life early on the morning of July 2 inside an apartment at Huntington Falls apartment complex. Sgt.Brice Woolly, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, said at the time it appeared the motive for the “straight blade knife” attack revolved around a fist fight between love triangle rivals.
Two days later, Lindsey, 22,  was arrested by Ardmore police inside another apartment at the same complex, after investigators identified him as the person who fired the shotgun the ended the teenage girl’s life.
“There was horseplay … trying to impress the girls. There is also indication of drugs being present, which may have played a role in the decision making,” Woolly said describing events surrounding the murder.
Walker made an initial appearance before Brooks Aug. 2, when a $500,000 bond was set on the charge. On Aug. 3, Lindsey made a similar court appearance before Brooks, who also set a $500,000 on the charge against him. Both men remain detained in the Carter County Detention Center pending the posting of bond and/or the outcome of their cases. If convicted Walker and Lindsey face penalties of 10 years to life in a state prison.