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Walker gets additional 21 life sentences in Clark County

By JOEL PHELPS | The Arkadelphian

Victims spoke up in an emotional conclusion Thursday to an historic local case of rapes spanning more than two decades.

Convicted serial rapist Barry Alan Walker entered a Clark County courtroom Thursday looking a bit different than he did when he left Pike County, where he pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping several young girls at his Glenwood home. Walker, 58, stepped in front of Clark County Circuit Judge Blake Batson with a contusion covering a swath of his right cheek, that side of his face swollen from an apparent skirmish the night before in a Clark County jail cell.

Barry Walker is escorted from the Clark County Circuit courtroom Thursday by Sheriff Jason Watson. | The Arkadelphian/Joel Phelps

As with the Pike County proceedings, victims of the Clark County cases and their relatives filled half the courtroom.

During the course of a two-hour court proceeding, Walker entered more than 75 pleas of guilt to charges of rape, computer exploitation of a child, directing or promoting sexual performance by a child, and engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print medium, among other charges.

He was given 21 life sentences plus countless years in prison without the possibility of parole. In Pike and Clark counties combined, Walker was convicted of 32 counts of rape. The rapes for which he was prosecuted in Clark County victimized 18 young girls at his Amity home. While several of the victims provided written statements, three of them addressed Walker personally during Thursday’s proceedings.

Walker stood at the podium with Arkadelphia attorney Clint Mathis at his side while his victims made their voice heard. The first victim, a woman of 20-something, was 5 years old when she first became one of Walker’s many victims. Sobbing as she read, she urged victims of rape to speak up and report the wrongdoing.

Another victim, a toddler when she was raped, told Walker she refused to be his victim any longer. “I’m here to say I’m not a victim,” said the girl, now 13. “I’m a survivor of rape from Barry Walker.”

A third victim who spoke in court was about 7 when she was raped. Now 24, she said there is “one less monster in this world … It is your time to suffer. Karma will get you.”

Walker’s Wednesday night skirmish is likely the beginning of that karma. Sheriff Jason Watson, who delivered him to the local jail facility, said two inmates were determined enough to hurt Walker that they made entry into the lockdown cell where Walker was being kept. Watson said a “brief” struggle took place before jailers stepped in. The sheriff said he personally had Walker examined medically and determined he was OK. Walker was then returned to a different lockdown cell. He was taken to a jail in a neighboring county following Thursday’s appearance.

In total, Walker was given 39 life sentences without the possibility of parole. There is the possibility that he will face even more rape charges in Garland County. Locally, prosecutors are glad to put this case behind. Clark County Prosecutor Dan Turner told reporters afterward that he was “satisfied” with the judicial outcome. The scope of the case, he added, has been “breathtaking” for everyone involved, namely the victims and their families.

“The path of destruction paved by Barry Walker over the last 25 years has devastated countless victims and families, and perhaps many others that we may not be aware of” Turner announced in a statement following the case. “It is my prayer that these victims can begin to heal and move past these horrible events.”

Turner said his office will continue assisting victims and encourages anyone with information or needs related to the cases to contact his office or appropriate law enforcement agencies.

If there’s one takeaway from the Walker case, Turner said, it’s that victims should not hold back. “I hope victims will tell their story” whether it’s to a parent, teacher, pastor, friend or relative. “Tell someone.”

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  1. Won’t be the last time he gets his ass beat. That’s what happens to chomos in prison. 39 life sentences is a very long time, yanno! His case is so high profile they might have to keep him in solitary, because he won’t last 5 minutes on a yard. I have no sympathy for this pitiful excuse for a human being. He deserves what’s coming to him. This case has me so pissed off, I have to quit thinking about it before I start crying.

    • I feel you on that he doesn’t deserve to be in the yard but he’s going to get what’s coming to him like one of the victims said karma’s going to get you

  2. My name is Steve, sadly to say I was incarcerated at Varner Unit A.D.C in Grady Ar.with this sick individual. Matter of fact he slept directly in front of my rack with in 3 feet from me. I was locked up on possession of drug charges, If anyone has any concern. I got to talk to this guy, and he told me he had 39 life sentences.. and the first thing I thought he was a serial killer or something in that line. No one ever asks your charges when you first get there if anything, do you have a lot of time is the question. That was my question to him, because I seen he was a very scared uncertain individual. Not knowing what to expect. After we spoke for some time he eventually opened up to me about his charges , and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, but of course he said he was not guilty of anything, that he was framed by some young girls he let come over and hang out. I don’t know anything about these cases expect what he told me, and that alone is going to get him terminated when he tells the wrong person…., but he did admit to having video and him in nasty acts that was very disturbing. And if anyone should know , this guy won’t make it in there for life .. they were already extorting him for what they wanted.. and he was paying up.. with no questions ask, he was and is scared for his life and I told him, hey if you get himed up to the point of fighting for your life, hey fight for your life , , what else do you have to lose??
    I told him the last chomo that was in that bareck , what some gang members done to him , beat him for about an hour and half taking turns on him, beat his teeth out of his face, bleeding from both eyes, nose , ears, kicking him in his private like kicking a 60 yard filed goal, to the point where we thought he was dead. I told him this story.. so believe me , he’s got it coming more than likely, sooner than later.its a matter of time… Also I told him I don’t condone or support anything he was accused of , matter of fact, if you done my grandbaby or child or anyone in my circle, you probably wouldn’t make it to court, but thank God .he’s off the street ….I told him , if you done this you deserve everything the court had given you. Plus last but very important, I said , he still had to stand before our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..
    We all will be judged according to our good and bad we produced in this life time, and of course he said he wasn’t really a spiritual person, all I said is , good luck, your going to need it now and the next stage of life. There so much more but I think I got my point across he really got a death sentence….
    May God bless all who has been affected by this sick individual..God is still in the healing business, again may God bless you all.

  3. Time for the enabler Jana Bradford to be arrested, put in jail, and her ass kicked every day for years!!!!!