Todd Walker(Photo: submitted)
When he was 17, Walker shot Trine, 33, twice and stabbed her. Walker was the next-door neighbor.
The incident happened at 461 Sherman Place on Dec. 20, 1976.
He said he was relieved to hear the parole board’s decision.
“The only way it could have been better was if I was a fly on the wall when they gave him the news,” Jimmy Trine said.
On the day of the murder, Walker came to the door and asked Linda Trine for rags to clean his gun.
He then raised his shotgun and shot her in the arm.
Walker fired a second shot that hit Trine in the neck and head.
Walker then grabbed a knife and stabbed Trine in the back as she lay on the floor.
The blade broke.
Walker opted for a bench trial before three judges.
He took the stand in his own defense and claimed he was high on drugs when he killed Trine.
After finding him guilty, two judges voted to send Walker to the electric chair, but one chose life in prison.
The vote had to be unanimous for Walker to get the death penalty.
In recent years, Walker has been up for parole every two years.
“I’m letting it soak in,” Jimmy Trine said. “It’s a start.
Walker’s most recent hearing took place in March. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction told the family, which includes Jimmy and his younger brother Mike, a ruling would be made in four to six weeks.
“That’s a huge freaking milestone,” he said. “That makes the whole thing.