Police Officer Arrested for Cold Case Murder

By Suzanne Proulx

October 25, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM EDT

New Milford, PA (WBNG Binghamton) The Susquehanna County District Attorney pressed to reopen a cold case, results in the arrest of a part time Silver Lake Township police officer for murder.

John David Walker, 52, of Montrose is accused of shooting his estranged wife in November of 1983.

Lynda Walker died from a single close-range gunshot wound to the chest.

Walker claimed he returned to his home in New Milford and found her dead in the bedroom with his gun lying next to her. The coroner at the time was not a trained forensic pathologist ruled the death a suicide.

But in 2010, DA Jason Legg asked the state Attorney General's office to investigate. As part of a grand jury investigation, Lynda's body was exhumed. A new autopsy concluded the cause of death was not consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Walker is being held at the Susquehanna County Jail without bail and his preliminary hearing is set for November 5 at 1 p.m.

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