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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 29, 2001
Date of birth: March 26, 1980
Victim profile: Lance Luke Walker, 36
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Bowie County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 5, 2003

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas

opinion AP-74574


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Shuffield, Chris Wayne



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5 ft 8 in



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Summary of incident

On 07/29/2001, in Simms, Texas, Shuffield and one co-defendant went to the residence of a 36 year old white male.

Shuffield retrieved a shotgun from the victim's bedroom and shot the victim one time.

Shuffield then retrieved a .380 caliber pistol and shot the victim two more times, resulting in his death.

The subjects then took the victims wallet, guns, knives, pills and truck.


Billy Shuffield Jr.

Race and Gender of Victim

white male


Jury finds Shuffield guilty of murder

March 2002

NEW BOSTON, Texas-Jurors in the trial of Chris Wayne Shuffield found him guilty Friday of capital murder for the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran.

Shuffield, 22, now faces the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty.

Jurors will return Monday to the 102nd District Court in Bowie County as they consider the Texarkana man's fate.

Shuffield's lawyer said the statements used to charge his client were based on contrived statements given by the Bowie County Sheriff's Department.

Jurors disagreed and found him guilty of capital murder after an hour of deliberations, convicting him for the July 28, 2001, shooting death of Lance Luke Walker of Simms.

Jurors rejected an argument by Shuffield's defense team that the shooting was not part of a plan to steal Walker's Dodge pickup truck and the conviction should be for murder, not capital murder. Prosecutors countered that such a conviction would cheapen Walker's life. Jurors agreed that the intent to kill Walker was part of a preconceived plan to steal his truck and escape the area.

As part of the defense strategy, Bill Schubert, Shuffield's lawyer, attacked the statements that his client gave Bowie County Sheriff James Prince at the time of his arrest and later during a formal interrogation. Shuffield's lawyer argued that Prince suggested how the murder took place, when that account was worse than the true story.

Prince said he did no such thing and decried interrogation tactics of denying a suspect a lawyer, lying to them or stretching the truth.

"Chris did enough talking afterwards. Chris told people what he thought they wanted to hear," Schubert said.

Schubert recalled statements that his client made that indicated that Walker's shooting was either because of an argument or simply suddenly without reason.

While Shuffield's family and friends say that they do not see him as a murderer, they also told Prosecuto Al Smith while under cross-examination that he would not kill someone without having a reason to do it.

Smith recalled that a gunshot went through the top of Walker's head after he had already been shot two other times in the head.

"That's making sure. That's not mad. He has the side of his head blown off-he doesn't even know what's coming," Smith said.

Investigators learned that Shuffield and his brother had been to Walker's home on July 28. he three of them drank some beer, talked, smoked marijuana and played darts. Walker was found by Sheriff Prince lying face down with his feet near the duct tape line on the carpet used for the dart starting line. He lay with his hands under his body with two darts nearby.

Shuffield's defense team also attacked the toxicology report of Walker's autopsy. The report indicated that Walker had Ritalin in his system. The defense expert, Dr. Wayne Snodgrass of the University of Texas Medical School's toxicology department, said the amounts found in Walker at the time of his death exceeded the amount usually prescribed for therapeutic dosages.

Shuffield is an admitted narcotics addict and lost his wife and child when he refused to give up drugs, testified Missy Mills, Shuffield's former wife.

Smith accused Shuffield's team of throwing mud because that was their only defense.

"(Walker) deserves better. He did nothing wrong," Smith said.



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