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Trial opens in attempted murder, armed robbery case

BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington man accused of taking part in a November 2016 armed robbery at a Bloomington home faces a bench trial Tuesday on attempted murder charges.

Alfred Walker, 40, is accused of attempted murder, home invasion, armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm in the November 2016 incident that left a man with a gunshot wound and a woman locked in the trunk of her car.

A couple who live in the 1500 block of Julie Drive told police that the terrorizing incident began with a man posing as a pizza delivery man coming to their door. When the woman attempted to turn the unordered food delivery away, the suspect and two others pushed their way into the home, according to police.

Walker allegedly ordered the woman at gunpoint to call her husband to come home. Authorities said the victim was restrained with duct tape and forced into the trunk of her car in the garage while her home was ransacked by the suspects looking for money.

The woman told officers she heard three gunshots while she was held in her car. At one point, the woman heard her husband yell that he’d been shot, said a prosecutor’s statement read at Walker’s bond hearing following his arrest.

No other suspects have been arrested.

When police arrived, they found the husband with a gunshot wound to his leg and lacerations from being repeatedly struck, said police reports. When the suspects fled the home they left behind a box with a partially eaten pizza inside.

Surveillance video showed Walker entering a convenience store on Morrissey Drive and exiting with a pizza before the incident, said the prosecutor’s statement.

Walker has been jailed in lieu of $100,035 since his arrest.

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

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