BLOOMINGTON — A man charged with attempted murder during a 2016 home invasion claims he was the victim of a robbery, and denied any role in the incident that left a Bloomington man with multiple gunshot wounds.
A video of Alfred Walker's statements to Bloomington police detectives was played in court Wednesday during his bench trial on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, home invasion, and weapons violations.
"Whatever happened has nothing to do with me," Walker, 41, told now-retired BPD detective John Atteberry during a June 2017 interview.
Walker is accused of participating with two other men in a November 2016 armed robbery of Kevin and Darla Powell at their home on Julie Drive. Another suspect, Jamal Parks, died in January 2016 and a third man has not been charged.
Evidence linking Walker to the robbery includes a pizza box found at the Powell's home after police arrived. A surveillance video from a convenience store on Morrisey Drive shows Walker buying the pizza shortly before the incident.
Walker admitted in the interview that he picked up the pizza, but denied he went with the two other men to the Powell's home. He said the two men robbed him of a dozen bags of marijuana and threw him out of the car, taking the pizza with them.
Darla Powell testified that a man posing as a pizza delivery man came to her door and forced his way inside with two others. The men demanded money and ordered her to call her husband to come home before they locked her in the trunk of her car.
Kevin Powell was shot three times after he arrived home and could not hand over a large amount of cash, according to his testimony.
Walker said he knew Powell "back in the day" when Powell was involved in selling drugs, but he denied going to the Powell's home.
"The day I got the pizza was the day someone took some weed from me" at gunpoint, Walker told the detective.
In addition to Walker's fingerprints on the pizza box, police also have evidence that Walker called Jamal Parks more than a dozen times the night of the armed robbery, said First Assistant State's Attorney Brad Rigdon.
In response to questions from defense lawyer Michael Herzog, Atteberry acknowledged the fingerprints on the pizza box is the only physical evidence linking Walker to the crime.
The state wrapped up its case Wednesday with forensics experts, including Illinois State Police forensic scientist Robert Reneau who confirmed that the fingerprints on the pizza box belonged to Walker.
Closing arguments are set for Thursday morning.