E.C. man found guilty in 2012 park shooting

2014-06-25T19:57:00Z 2014-06-25T23:02:29Z E.C. man found guilty in 2012 park shootingElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 662-5331 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | A Lake County jury found a 22-year-old man guilty of shooting another man while on probation for reckless homicide. 

Corey L. Walton, of East Chicago, was found guilty Wednesday of attempted murder, attempted robbery and battery. He will be sentenced July 30. 

Walton was accused of shooting Henry J. Walker on July 16, 2012, at Phrommer Park in Hammond, according to court records. Walker testified in Lake Criminal Court that Walton walked up to him holding a handgun and demanded money.

Walker tried to grab the gun from Walton, which led to a tussle between the two. Walker was shot in the thigh and scrotum, according to court records. 

During the shooting, Walton was wearing an ankle monitor while on probation on a reckless homicide charge, according to court records. 

He was sentenced June 2011 to seven years in prison in the fatal shooting of Christopher Ruiz, 19, of East Chicago, according to court records. Two of those years were to be served on probation, and he received credit for 584 days he had spent in jail. 

The shooting at Phrommer Park happened about two months after Walton was released from the Indiana Department of Correction. 

The Lake County prosecutor's office had offered Walton a plea agreement in the most recent case. In April, he told a judge he changed his mind and wanted a trial. The state then withdrew its agreement. 

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