VINELAND — A search for suspects in a 2007 shooting that left a local woman dead and her 14-month-old son paralyzed ended this week in the arrest of the woman’s ex-husband and the alleged triggerman.
Authorities arrested the woman’s ex-husband, Terrill Walker, on Wednesday in Vineland, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said Thursday.
Meanwhile, officials with the Polk County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that they and federal agents arrested Raymond Finch on Wednesday in Kissimmee, Fla.
Lanieceya Walker, 24, died after being shot twice in the right shoulder and once in the chest in her bedroom on Oct. 27, 2007, Cumberland County authorities said. She was pronounced dead in the kitchen of her home in the Regency Court Apartments on South East Avenue.
Lanieceya Walker’s then-14-month-old son, Nashir Walker, was shot once in the back. The youth survived but is paralyzed.
Cumberland County and city authorities would not provide details regarding the arrests.
However, officials with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the 2007 incident “remained unsolved until recently, when Finch was identified as a suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest.” The warrant was issued Monday, they said.
Those officials also said New Jersey authorities allege that “Finch shot a woman and her baby while they were sleeping in their home.”
Finch is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and certain persons not to have a firearm, Webb-McRae said. His bail is set at $750,000.
Finch is being held in the Polk County jail. Webb-McRae said “steps are being taken to extradite Finch to the state of New Jersey.”
Terrill Walker, 32, of Charles Street in Vineland, is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, Webb-McRae said. He is being held in the Cumberland County jail in Bridgeton on $750,000 bail.
City police said after the shootings occurred that Lanieceya Walker also went by the last name of Shields or DeShields.
People who worked with Lanieceya Walker at the Vineland Developmental Center said Walker was a name she kept for legal reasons. They said she used the name DeShields.
When she graduated from Vineland High School in 2002, Lanieceya Walker’s name appeared on commencement documents as Lanieceya DeShields.
Lanieceya Walker lived with her two sons, Nashir and Terrill Walker Jr., and mother, Tonette DeShields. Terrill Walker Jr., who was 5 at the time of the incident, was not home when the shooting occurred.
Residents at the Regency Court Apartments said they heard a series of loud pops about 3 a.m. Oct. 27, 2007. They said the noise sounded like firecrackers.
Police said they found no evidence of forced entry at the ground-level apartment. They also said they found no shell casings at the scene.
Authorities have since been searching for suspects in the shootings. They would not comment on what led them to Finch and Terrill Walker.
Officials with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the U.S. Marshals New York-New Jersey Regional Task Force received information that Finch might be in Kissimmee. That information was passed on to the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, they said.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. marshals eventually located Finch Wednesday morning on the 300 block of Anchovie Court in Kissimmee. He was taken into custody without incident.
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