Oklahoma inmate who posted photos to Facebook draws scorn from widow

The widow of the Pawnee County, OK, sheriff whose killer flaunted pictures of himself smoking and partying on Facebook is upset he was living the good life while behind bars.
BY VALLERY BROWN, vbrown@opubco.com Modified: December 3, 2010 at 10:34 am •  Published: December 3, 2010

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.

“The most disturbing thing is how grotesque they are,” Woodrell said. “You think when they go to prison their life will be hard, and it's not.”

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 “Jus N Walk” 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.

“Walker is getting all this exposure from this, and I'm sure it fuels his personality,” Karen Woodrell said. “He's there for killing my husband, but there are still victims of his crime out there whose wounds this is reopening.”

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