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Fired maintenance man found guilty in murder of apartment manager

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Robert Earl Walter, 56 (Source: Bossier City Police Department) Robert Earl Walter, 56 (Source: Bossier City Police Department)
April Fulghum, 32 (Source: In Memory of April Fulghum Facebook Page) April Fulghum, 32 (Source: In Memory of April Fulghum Facebook Page)
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.
BENTON, LA (KSLA) -

A Shreveport man has been found guilty of second degree murder in the deadly shooting of a Bossier City apartment manager just days after he was fired from his job.

Robert Earl Walter now faces life in prison for the shooting of 32-year-old April Fulghum, a wife and mother of two inside her office at the Lexington Place Apartments last October.

It took a Bossier Parish jury just over an hour to return the unanimous verdict Thursday afternoon.

Taking the stand Thursday in his own defense, Walter did not deny shooting Fulghum, explaining that he was devastated over being fired.

"I'm very sorry. I never meant for it to happen," Walter testified Thursday morning. "I just wanted someone to understand. I never wanted this to happen. I never dreamed this would happen. I wanna say sorry to the family, I just wanted someone to listen."

Closing arguments followed Walter's testimony. Assistant Bossier District Attorney Andrew Jacobs told the jury this is a simple second degree murder case. Walter's defense attorney had asked the jury to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter.

The 56-year-old military veteran had never been charged with a violent crime before the shooting. Sentencing is set for July 9.

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