Princess pleads not guilty in cockfighting case
By STEVEN DUBOIS Associated Press August 16, 2013 6:00PM
In the image taken Monday Oct. 24, 2011 John Wesley Walker, left, and his wife Princess Irina of Romania, center left, Alexander Phillips Nixon, center right, and Princess Elena of Romania attend the opening of an exhibition in Bucharest. A Romanian princess and her husband, a former sheriff's deputy, are apparently among several people federal agents arrested in Eastern Oregon on Thursday Aug. 15, 2013 in connection with an alleged cockfighting ring. Indictments unsealed in U.S. District Court in Portland charge Irina Walker, 60, and her husband John Wesley Walker, 67, with hosting cockfighting derbies and illegal gambling at their ranch outside the small Morrow County town of Irrigon. (AP Photo/Razan Chirita/Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Princess Irina Walker, daughter of the last king of Romania, has pleaded not guilty to operating a cockfighting business with her husband at their Oregon ranch.
She entered the plea at a hearing on Friday.
Government prosecutors warned that Walker is a flight risk because she was born in Switzerland and could be granted asylum in that country.
Judge John V. Acosta ordered her to surrender her passport and told her not to leave her home county, except to go to nearby Hermiston for groceries and doctor appointments.
A total of 18 people have been charged in the case.
Walker’s daughter, Angelica Kreuger, says her mother loves animals and would never watch a chicken die in a fight.