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Robert Shannon WALKER II





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Drug related kidnapping and torture
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: January 27, 2003
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: December 20, 1971
Victim profile: David "Opie" Hamman
Method of murder: Shooting (Llama .45-caliber pistol)
Location: Brevard County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on December 13, 2004

Florida Supreme Court


Robert Shannon Walker, II v. State of Florida (2007)


DC# 126605  
DOB: 12/20/71

Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Brevard County Case # 03-CF-3250
Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Charles Holcomb
Attorney, Trial: Kenneth Studstill
Attorney, Direct Appeal: Baya Harrison – Private
Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Marie-Louise Samuels Parmer, Maria Deliberato, & Nathaniel Plucker – CCRC-M

Date of Offense: 01/27/03

Date of Sentence: 12/13/04

Circumstances of Offense:

Robert Walker was convicted and sentenced to death for the drug-related beating, kidnapping, and murder of David Hamman.

On the evening of 01/26/03, David Hamman, Leslie Ritter, and Loriann Gibson arrived at the apartment of Joel Gibson in the city of Palm Bay in Brevard County, Florida.  Already inside were Gibson, Walker, and his girlfriend, Leigh Ford. 

Immediately following the arrival, Walker and Ford attacked Hamman beating him with various objects including a metal Maglite flashlight and a blackjack.  Suspecting Hamman to be a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, the couple forced Hamman and his companions to strip off their clothes in order to search for wires. 

After the search, Ritter and Loriann Gibson were confined to the back bedroom and Walker and Ford continued the attack, which lasted two to three hours.

Sometime around midnight, Hamman escaped the apartment and ran a short distance down the road before being caught by Walker and Ford.  The couple laid a tarp in the trunk of Ford’s car and forced Hamman to get in. 

Driving separately, Ford in her car and Walker in Hamman’s pickup truck, the couple reconvened at the Tom Lawton Recreation Area, a state park.  Upon arrival, Hamman was forced, hands bound, to lie down with his back to the ground.  Walker then shot Hamman six times in the face with a Llama .45-caliber pistol.

Upon returning to the apartment, Walker asked Loriann Gibson and Ritter to drive him to Georgia in Hamman’s truck.  They acquiesced, driving him as far as Live Oak, Florida, before leaving him at a gas station when he exited the vehicle to purchase a map. 

The two women then alerted a law enforcement officer of the events that had transpired the night before.  Walker’s description was released and he was apprehended that morning at the Live Oak bus station.

Walker’s recorded confession of shooting Hamman was played for the jury at trial.  Loriann Gibson and Leslie Ritter also provided testimony in court.

Codefendant Information:

Leigh Ford, convicted of First-Degree Murder, Kidnapping, and Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, is currently serving two life sentences and a 15-year sentence.

Additional Information:

Walker is bipolar, according to the Initial Brief of Appellant.

Trial Summary:

01/28/03          Indicted as follows:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder

Count II:          Kidnapping

Count III:         Aggravated Battery

07/27/04          Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment.

07/28/04          Jury recommended death by a vote of 7-5.

12/13/04          Sentenced as follows:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder – Death

Count II:          Kidnapping – 30 years

Count III:         Aggravated Battery – 15 years

Case Information:

On 01/04/05, Walker filed a direct appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.  In his direct appeal, Walker raised seven issues pertaining to pretrial motions, the constitutionality of Florida’s death penalty, circumstantial evidence, the weighing of aggravating and mitigating factors, and the admission of potentially irrelevant and prejudicial photographic evidence.  The issues were found to have no merit or not supported by evidence. 

The conviction and death sentence were affirmed by the Florida Supreme Court on 05/03/07.  The Mandate was issued 05/25/07.



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