The widow of the Pawnee County sheriff whose killer flaunted pictures of himself smoking and partying on Facebook is upset he was living the good life while behind bars.
Karen Woodrell, 39, said she's disturbed that 32-year-old Justin Walker was able to get a BlackBerry cell phone and drugs into prison and then post images of his exploits to Facebook for the world to see.
â€œThe most disturbing thing is how grotesque they are,â€ Woodrell said. â€œYou think when they go to prison their life will be hard, and it's not.â€
Walker is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence for his involvement in the murder of Pawnee County Sheriff Dwight Woodrell in 2001. Woodrell was shot six times after he interrupted an early morning burglary at a Pawnee oil company.
Walker now is in administrative segregation away from other inmates at the maximum-security Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. He was moved from his medium-security confines at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite after corrections officials were made aware of the Facebook page Monday evening.
Walker started a Facebook page under the name â€œJus N Walkâ€ and has been posting pictures and comments to the page since early November.
Prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges against Walker and co-defendant James Craig Taylor in 2004 after a nearly 3-year-long investigation into Woodrell's murder.
Taylor was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Walker pleaded no contest and was convicted of second-degree murder by a Tulsa County judge in 2006.
Karen Woodrell said Dwight Woodrell was a good man, out doing a job that he loved when he was murdered.
â€œWalker is getting all this exposure from this, and I'm sure it fuels his personality,â€ Karen Woodrell said. â€œHe's there for killing my husband, but there are still victims of his crime out there whose wounds this is reopening.â€
Karen and Dwight Woodrell had four children together; three teenagers and one now in college. She said her children were concerned that Walker was able to virtually get outside the prison walls and live as a free man on the Internet.
Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said guards found a cell phone, marijuana and a homemade marijuana bong made of paper in Walker's cell.
During a shakedown search of other cells in Walker's unit, prison guards turned up two more cell phones with chargers, two cell phone chargers without phones, a bag of marijuana, tobacco and a shank.
â€œCell phones make it easier for them to get more contraband in and move things around,â€ Massie said.
He said the department is investigating how the contraband got into the prison. Walker could face felony charges and more time in prison for the drugs and phone.
Lynn Powell, president of the Oklahoma chapter of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, an advocacy group for inmates and their families, said contraband is a problem plaguing Oklahoma's prison system.
â€œThere wasn't anything found in his cell that surprises me,â€ she said. â€œThe only thing that shocked me was that he was definitely rubbing it in people's noses.â€
Powell said budget cuts and staff reductions have coincided with more contraband, violence and lockdowns system wide.
Inmates are able to use cell phones to make things happen inside prison walls and out.
â€œThis insults the victim's family but also the other inmates that are in doing what they are supposed to be. Their families will also suffer repercussions when their units are locked down because of this.â€
Massie said the unit where the contraband was found is locked down, and Walker will remain in segregation indefinitely.