Brother Rice teacher was stabbed 13 times, prosecutor says
By Casey Toner Sun-Times Media January 30, 2014 12:38PM
Alisha Walker, 20 | Photo courtesy of Orland Park Police Department
Updated: March 3, 2014 4:51PM
A Brother Rice High School teacher’s search for sex led to his violent death, stabbed 13 times by an alleged prostitute during a fight over money at his Orland Park home, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.
A judge ordered Alisha Walker, 20, held without bail for the murder of Alan Filan, who was found dead Jan. 21 in his house in the 9400 block of Georgetown Square.
Orland Park police found Filan’s body on his kitchen floor with a trail of bloody footprints “that appeared to be from a high-heel shoe of a woman” leading from his body to the front door of his house, prosecutors said. Police were called to Filan’s home for a well-being check after he failed to appear at Brother Rice that morning.
Filan, 61, was stabbed in the arms, behind his ear and in the chest, prosecutors said in court Thursday. They said Walker told police she stabbed Filan on Jan. 18 after he pulled a knife during a dispute over what he owed her, they struggled over the knife and she stabbed him.
In a videotaped interview, Walker said she went to Filan’s home with another woman after he solicited one of them for sex on Backpage.com, a website used for prostitution and other adult services, prosecutors said. The other woman is not a suspect, police said.
Walker, of Akron, Ohio, appeared Thursday before Circuit Court Judge Adam Bourgeois, who denied bail on grounds she is a flight risk. Walker will be held at the county jail until her next court date on Feb. 19.
Public defender Kelly Christl said Walker has been living with her mother in Akron.
Assistant State’s Attorney John Dillon said police were able to track Walker to a motel in Fort Wayne, Ind., through text messages on Filan’s phone that corresponded to a phone number posted on an ad on Backpage.com.
Walker was arrested last Friday and held at the Allen County Jail in Fort Wayne until she was brought back to Cook County on Wednesday after agreeing to extradition.
Walker’s family said she told them that she acted in self-defense after Filan pulled a knife on her.
Cook County Circuit Court records show Walker was found guilty of prostitution three times in 2012 and each time received court supervision and a fine. She also has a pending drug charge in Cook County and is next scheduled to appear March 25 at the courthouse in Markham in that case.
Filan taught at Brother Rice, in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community, for nearly 40 years and was chairman of the school’s business studies department. He also coached soccer at Andrew High School in Tinley Park for more than 10 years through the 2009-10 school year.
Filan was a member of a politically active family. His older brother is longtime lobbyist William Filan, whose clients include the city of Chicago, and his younger sister, Denise Filan, is a Cook County judge assigned to the Bridgeview courthouse. He’s also a cousin of former state budget director John Filan.
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.