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Testimony begins in murder trial for fired maintenance man

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Robert Earl Walter, 55 (Source: Bossier City Police Department) Robert Earl Walter, 55 (Source: Bossier City Police Department)
Walter turned himself in hours after the shooting to Shreveport police at their training facility on Greenwood Road. Walter turned himself in hours after the shooting to Shreveport police at their training facility on Greenwood Road.
April Fulghum, 32 (Source: In Memory of April Fulghum Facebook Page) April Fulghum, 32 (Source: In Memory of April Fulghum Facebook Page)
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Co-workers of the Bossier City apartment manager gunned down in her office last October took the stand Wednesday to describe what they saw that day.

The second degree murder trial of Robert Earl Walter began Monday in Bossier District Court. Walter, 55, is accused of shooting 32-year-old April Fulghum to death, just days after being fired from his maintenance job at the Lexington Place Apartment complex.

Opening arguments wrapped up Tuesday in the case once jury selection was completed.

Family and friends of Fulghum's packed the courtroom as the first day of testimony got under way, beginning with a paramedic that responded to the shooting and took the wounded Fulghum to the hospital.

Some family members moved to conference rooms where they could still hear the testimony without having to view the graphic photographs of Fulghum's injuries entered as evidence in the trial. 

Assistant apartment manager Leslie Walker took the stand next. she recalled seeing Walter come in and tell her to step back, and that he had a gun.

Walker testified that she saw and heard the gun fire, 4 to 5 shots, before she ran out the back door of the office. On the way out, Walker described passing the door of Fulghum's office and seeing the mother of two slumped over her desk.

Another co-worker testified to seeing the same events play out as described by Walker on the stand earlier in the day.

Neither of those co-workers who were in the office at the time of the shooting were injured.

Walter later turned himself in to Shreveport police at their training facility on Greenwood Road. He was indicted by a grand jury on the second degree murder charge in December.

Walter remains booked at the Bossier Maximum Security Prison. His bond is set at $750,000.

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