Man accused of beating, killing ex-wife's boyfriend with baseball bat


by Catherine Holland and Steve Ryan

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 6:13 AM

Map: Near 39th Ave. & Bell

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PHOENIX -- A Chicago man is facing murder, assault and kidnapping charges after allegedly beating his ex-wife's boyfriend to death with a baseball bat.

According to Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department, David Walker flew in from Chicago early Thursday morning and immediately went to his ex-wife's home in the area of 39th Avenue and Bell Road.

Martos said it was about 1:30 a.m. when Walker, 29, got into the house through a back door and grabbed a baseball bat from the garage. Bat in hand, Walker allegedly went into the bedroom where his ex-wife and her boyfriend, Adam Moring, were asleep.

"The suspect proceeded to strike Adam in the head multiple times with the baseball bat causing serious injury," Martos explained in an email to media outlets. "The suspect struck his ex-wife in the head then physically assaulted her."

From there, Walker made his ex-wife wake their two kids -- an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy -- and drive them all to Tempe.

"Once in Tempe, the suspect fled from the car on foot and tossed the bat as he ran away," Martos said.

With Walker gone, the 28-year-old ex-wife, whose name has not been released, drove to a nearby business and called the police, sending them to her home where Moring lay badly injured.

Officers were able to track Walker to a Tempe motel, taking him into custody after a struggle. Martos said Walker is refusing to talk to detectives about what happened Thursday.  "We had some of our tactical units on-scene at the motel.  They did flashbang the motel, and use their K-9.  He resisted with officers somewhat at that point," said Martos.

Moring, 29, was rushed to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

Walker has been booked on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary and tampering with evidence.

It's not known how long Walker and his ex-wife had been divorced and it's not yet clear if there's a history of violence in their relationship.