Shooting suspect held in Memphis

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staff, Gazette
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

— Officials will learn after a court hearing this morning in Memphis, Tenn., how long it could take to get Kody Walsh back to Illinois to face murder charges.

Walsh was arrested Saturday in Memphis when he crashed a car into a utility pole after a high-speed chase through three Tennessee counties. The chase started after a routine traffic stop.

Police had been searching for a week for Walsh, who is accused of shooting a Janesville woman Sept. 9 while riding in a vehicle on Interstate 90/39 north of Rockford, Ill.

Police don't think the victim, Lori A. Daniels, 36, of 3100 Glenbarr Drive, Janesville, knew Walsh. She had two children and was the assistant director of programming at Rock Valley Community Programs, Janesville.

Walsh, 22, Rockford, faces two counts of first-degree murder, Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato said.

Walsh is not accused of killing two people, Bruscato said. Rather, the possibility of two charges is a matter of charging theories, he said.

Bruscato is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. today. He faces charges in Tennessee from the Shelby County district attorney general of aggravated assault, intentionally evading arrest, two counts of leaving the scene of an injury accident, possession of firearms by a felon, theft and violation of vehicle registration law, according to Shelby County Jail data.

Authorities tried to stop Walsh about 1 p.m. Sunday. He was following another car too closely, and his license plate was obscured, according to police reports.

Walsh fled, and the pursuit reached speeds of greater than 100 mph. Police said Walsh's car struck two other vehicles during the chase.

Walsh got off the Interstate but struck a utility pole in Memphis. He tried to run but was soon caught, according to a police affidavit.

Walsh was driving a white Toyota Solara. Whether he owned it remains under investigation, said Illinois State Police Capt. Jim Winters.

Tennessee police found a loaded rifle in Walsh's car. Rockford police said it was stolen.

Walsh gave officers a fake name but later identified himself after police found a teardrop tattoo concealed by makeup under his right eye, according to the affidavit.

Walsh is being held without bond at the Shelby County Jail. Officials will learn when Walsh appears in court whether he will fight extradition, Bruscato said. If he does, a hearing will be scheduled.

Walsh and a Beloit friend were at State Street Station in Rockford when they ran into Daniels. She remotely knew the Beloit man and asked for a ride to Beloit, according to Illinois State Police reports.

The three got into the Beloit man's Ford Explorer about 2 a.m. Sunday. Police think Walsh shot Daniels in the head while the SUV was driving north on I-90/39 near Machesney Park, Ill., according to police reports.

Neighbors called police after Walsh dropped off the Beloit man and returned south on the Interstate. After a high-speed chase with Daniels' body in the vehicle, Walsh crashed the SUV and ran. He shot at police, who tried to set up a perimeter around the area.

Charges also are pending in Rock County, said Beloit Police Department Capt. Vince Sciame. Whether they are filed will be up to the Rock County district attorney, Sciame said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Last updated: 4:37 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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