Hearing continued in highway shooting

A court hearing for an Anchor Point woman accused of shooting at an Alaska Wildlife Trooper on the Sterling Highway has been postponed to April 18, with a possible trial set for the week of April 22.

Tonee Walker, 58, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and four counts of third-degree assault. Troopers allege that on July 15, 2012, Walker shot at Trooper Trent Chwialkowski in his patrol car when he tried to stop Walker.

Troopers had received 911 calls that Walker tried to force other cars off the road on the Sterling Highway near Happy Valley. When Chwialkowski caught up with Walker, she stopped and shot at him, troopers said. Chwialkowksi returned fire, hitting Walker in the arm and torso. The incident shut down the highway on a busy summer weekend for almost six hours.

A hearing was held in Kenai Superior Court with Judge Charles Huguelet last Thursday. Andy Pevehouse, Walker’s attorney, had said earlier the defense might be close to making a deal with the state, but that didn’t come about last Thursday.

Walker is being held at Highland Mountain Pretrial Facility.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.

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