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Alabama man gets life term for killing boss

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - A judge in Talladega has sentenced Fred
Walker to life in prison for killing his boss at a motorcycle shop.

Walker was convicted by a jury on March 1 for the intentional killing of Jerry Harrell in 2006.

Walker was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and testimony showed Harrell was at the center of many of his delusions.

The testimony showed that Walker began exhibiting eccentricities
in his 20s, but the delusions gradually became darker.

Walker shot Harrell once in the back of the head, apologized to
co-workers and then called the Marshal Service, which, according to
testimony, he believed had ordered Harrell's death.

Prosecutors said the killing was motivated primarily by hatred.


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