Police Officer Arrest: Neighborhood Reaction

By Brandi Bailey

October 25, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2012 at 6:38 PM EDT

Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) The talk of Montrose is the arrest of 52-year-old John David Walker on Wednesday for murder.

He's served with some police departments in Susquehanna County as a part time officer.

Walker is accused of killing his estranged wife Lynda Walker almost 30 years ago.

Action News traveled to Montrose where neighbors were shocked of the news.

Walker's estranged wife, Lynda Walker died in November of 1983 of a single close-range gunshot wound to the chest.

Her death was originally ruled a suicide. However back in 2010, Susquehanna County District Attorney Jason Legg asked the state Attorney General's office to investigate further.

As a result Lynda's body was exhumed and the new autopsy determined that her wound was not consistent with a suicide.

Neighbors and townspeople were shocked when Walker was arrested for allegedly killing her, saying the man they knew never would have done it.

"He did a lot of stuff for us. Snow blowing, cleaning the driveway, doing that. Anything that I had that I thought was more physical than I wanted to do he was more than willing to do it. He was a very good neighbor. I like John," said neighbor, Amos Hollister.

Walker is being charged with murder. The Montrose Police Department released a statement Thursday saying Walker has been suspended temporarily.

He's currently in the Susquehanna County Jail without bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on November 5 at 1 p.m.