Marion Walker, 44, entered an Alford plea to two aggravated rapes, two aggravated assaults and a robbery, victimizing four women in separate incidents. He was sentenced Tuesday by Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.
Walker also will be on Community Supervision for Life and must register as a violent sexual offender.
An Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain innocence while pleading guilty because the resolution of the case is in his best interest. Otherwise, it has the same legal effect as a guilty plea.
Walker pled guilty to:-abducting and raping a woman on Feb. 23, 2008, after offering her a ride as she waited at a bus stop at Elvis Presley and Person. He also robbed her of $260.-cutting a woman with a box cutter on March 12, 2012, at an apartment complex Goodlett and Winchester after she resisted his attempt to rape her in his car.-raping a woman on Sept. 16, 2012, in an apartment where he took her after abducting her on a sidewalk in Orange Mound. The woman was 13 weeks pregnant at the time.-robbing a woman on Nov. 14, 2013, on East Mallory near South Main after she refused his offer of a ride. Walker got out of his pickup truck, punched her in the face, choked her and stole her cell phone, EBT card and $75 cash. The woman later recognized Walker when he came into the business where she worked.
Walker entered his plea after he was linked to the crimes by DNA in one case and by his victims who identified him in photo spreads and identified his pickup truck used in the crimes.
One victim also had Walker’s cell phone number and another recognized him at her work place, notified a security guard and described the pickup truck Walker would be driving.
The case was handled Asst. Dist. Atty. Cavett Ostner of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.