Arrest Made In Susquehanna County Cold-Case Murder

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MONTROSE -- A police officer has been accused in a nearly 29-year-old murder case in Susquehanna County, according to state police. 

John Walker, 52, of Montrose has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of his estranged wife Lynda Walker in New Milford Township on November 13, 1983.

The state attorney general's office announced the arrest Wednesday morning.

Lynda Walker's death was originally ruled a suicide. After the case was reopened in 2010, the body was exhumed and reexamined and the death was reclassified as a homicide, according to the attorney general's office.

Some neighbors who heard the news were surprised.

"Very shocked, I can't even imagine all these years, why it hasn't been solved," said Donna Johnson of Montrose.

Before his arrest Wednesday, John Walker worked as a part-time police officer in Susquehanna County. He told officials he found his wife dead in their bed on November 13, 1983 with a gunshot wound to her chest and a gun next to her.

Evidence in court papers indicate that Walker was having an affair at the time he allegedly killed his wife. Other witnesses testified that Lynda did not seem suicidal.
 In 2010, Walker told his new wife he destroyed evidence by burning it.

Some neighbors hearing about a police officer being charged with murder are now concerned.

"It makes you wonder about the cops on the street and are we really safe. To hear that a cop murdered his wife...30 years ago and it's now just coming up."

Since his arrest Walker has been suspended from his job at the Montrose police department. He is also a county detective and the district attorney recommends that Walker be removed from that position.

Walker is locked up without bail.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charge in November.

To read the grand jury presentment against John Walker, click here.