By Marsha Miller
Two Ardmore men charged in separate second-degree murder cases appeared in court last week for their case conferences. But that’s where the similarity of their situations ended. One defendant got a preliminary hearing date scheduled. For the other, it was back to square one due to disruptive courtroom behavior.
Skyler Luke Walker and Conner Lindsey both appeared in front of Special District Judge Carson Brooks Oct. 27.
Walker, 21, is accused of the July 29 stabbing death of William “Payton” Lockwood, 19, in what has been described as a love triangle confrontation at a northeast side apartment complex. Walker appeared with his attorney James Gilmartin, announcing he would exercise his right to a preliminary hearing. The judge scheduled the hearing for Dec. 13.
Lindsey also appeared with his attorney Melanie Blackburn, but the conference didn’t get off the ground. Lindsey reportedly disrupted ongoing courtroom proceedings when he decided to carry on an unrelated conversation with a female prisoner who was also making a court appearance. Brooks ordered Lindsey returned to the county jail until Dec. 15 when a new conference is scheduled.
Lindsey is charged with discharging a shotgun Aug. 1 that claimed the life of Ariana Mosher, a teenage girl visiting inside an apartment. Police described the slaying as a result of “horseplay” intended to impress the young women who were present. The shooting occurred at the same northeast side apartment complex where Walker allegedly killed Lockwood just days earlier.  
Both men remain detained in the Carter County Detention Center pending the posting of $500,000 and/or the outcome of their cases. If convicted Walker and Lindsey face penalties of 10 years to life in  prison.