Suspect in teacher killing back in Chicago, to appear in court Thursday
Staff Report January 30, 2014 12:10AM
Alisha Walker, 20 | Photo courtesy of Orland Park Police Department
Updated: January 30, 2014 12:29AM
The woman accused of stabbing to death a Brother Rice High School teacher in his Orland Park house this month has been returned to Cook County and will appear for a bond hearing Thursday, authorities said. Alisha M. Walker, 20, of Akron, Ohio, had been jailed in Fort Wayne, Ind., since her arrest there Friday for the killing of Brother Rice business teacher Alan Filan.
She appeared at an extradition hearing on Monday and agreed to return to Illinois on a first-degree murder charge.
Walker was picked up by Cook County sheriff’s police on Wednesday and was being held overnight at the Orland Park lockup, police Cmdr. John Keating said in an email, adding that her hearing will be at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.
Walker is accused of stabbing Filan, 61, to death last week. Orland Park police said Walker has a history of prostitution and battery and had admitted stabbing Filan. Police found Filan dead on his kitchen floor about 10:35 a.m. on Jan. 21 after being called to check on him when he didn’t appear at work.
He had been stabbed multiple times, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
“Walker confessed to being at the home of the victim on Jan. 18 after Filan contacted her via the Internet site Backpage,” according to an Orland Park police statement.
“Walker and Filan argued over money, a struggle ensued, which resulted in Walker stabbing Filan multiple times.”
Walker’s uncle, Ed Hensley, of Winchester, Ky., said he talked with his niece by phone Friday evening from the Allen County Jail and that she told him she and another woman, who also worked for an escort service, had gone to Filan’s home Jan. 18.
Police have confirmed another woman traveled to Filan’s home with Walker but said she is not considered a suspect.
Brother Rice is holding a memorial service for Filan on Friday at the school, open only to faculty, students and alumni, Kevin Burns, the school’s president, said.
Contributing: Becky Schlikerman, Mike Nolan and Joe Biesk