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September 1, 2010 at 4:03 PM

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Black Diamond man charged with mother's slaying

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Cecil Walker, the Black Diamond man who was arrested last week after he allegedly told police that his mother's death "had to happen," was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.

Walker, 50, is being held at the King County Jail on $1 million bail.

Authorities say that Walker repeatedly stabbed his mother, Ella Walker, on Friday then drove to the Black Diamond police station covered in blood. Once inside the lobby he told a records clerk there was a dead person at his home then got back into his car and drove home, prosecutors said.

When police arrived at the home a few minutes later, Walker invited officers inside the house,where they found Ella Walker, 86, dead in a recliner chair, charging documents said. When her son was asked what happened, he would only say "it had to happen," according to charging documents.

Walker declined to talk any further about the slaying because he "had been through a lot," police said.

A family friend told The Times that Ella Walker was known around Black Diamond as "granny." Patrick Walker, the slain woman's grandson said that Cecil Walker was the victim's youngest son and had mental-health issues.

Patrick Walker told investigators that his grandmother had been trying to get her son to move out of the house. The man and other relatives told police that Cecil Walker used methamphetamine and threatened to kill his family, charging paperwork said.

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