Dora father indicted in toddler’s death
by James Phillips
Sep 21, 2012 | 5727 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The father of a toddler who died from a gunshot wound in June has been indicted in the child’s death.

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair announced Thursday that Joshua Kyle Walker, 24, of Dora was indicted by a Walker County grand jury in July and charged with manslaughter in the death of his son.

The child, who was 3 at the time of his death, was shot by a pistol around 5:30 p.m. on June 4 at a home in the 100 Block of Wingate Drive in Dora.

The Sumiton Police Deparment investigated the death, and the child’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for an autopsy.

Adair said a great deal of information was received from the state pathologist, which led him to present the case before the grand jury.

“I can’t comment on the evidence at this time, but we felt like it needed to go to the grand jury,” he said.

Walker has bonded out of the Walker County Jail, according to Adair.

Adair said another father was indicted by Walker County grand jury in July for shooting his son on May 5. James Randall Stephens, 52, of Dora was indicted on a murder charge in the shooting death of his son, James Blake Stephens, 26, of Cordova.

According to the police report, James Blake Stephens and his father, James Randall Stephens returned from a fishing trip to the father’s house on Doliska Road.

A disagreement over a handgun, a .32 caliber revolver, escalated to the point that the father fired several shots, one of which struck his son in the chest. The incident occurred between 9:40 and 9:45 p.m.

At the time, it was unclear whether the father used the disputed handgun or a second gun, a .30-30 rifle that was also recovered at the scene.

An autopsy report later showed it was the rifle the father had used. Adair said a writ of arrest had to be issued before the grand jury’s decision on these two crimes could be released to the public.

“There has been a lot interest in these two cases, especially the case involving the child, but we couldn’t release this information until this time,” he said.