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Burlingame Man Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder

A jury convicted Bruce Alan Walker Jr. of second-degree murder for a 2009 DUI crash.

A jury found Bruce Alan Walker Jr. of Burlingame guilty of second-degree murder Tuesday for a 2009 DUI crash that killed his passenger.

Walker was driving south on El Camino Real on April 11, 2009, when he lost control of his car near Howard Avenue.

He was allegedly speeding when he hit the curb and spun out before jumping the northbound curb, hitting a tree and flipping the car to its roof, killing his passenger and friend, 36-year-old Daniel White.

The jury reached its conclusion after a 20-day trial and two jury deliberations after one juror was removed for researching toxicology.

A 20-day jury trial in April ended with the jury finding Walker guilty on a count of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and intoxication, but deadlocked on a count of second-degree murder, causing the court to declare a mistrial.

Instead of accepting a plea deal at that time, Walker decided to undergo a second trial. He now faces 15 years to life and will be sentenced in December.

Walker has two prior misdemeanor drunk driving convictions from 1997 and 2001 in San Mateo County.

While prosecutors believe Walker's history demonstrates he is a public safety risk, his defense claimed a murder charge is too harsh, especially since he must live with knowing the accident killed his best friend.

Walker remains in custody on $2 million bail.

Anjessello October 05, 2011 at 06:40 PM
3 years after, and maybe 3 years and 5 months after, it's a while, but it's too hard to say they reached a fair trial. I think it was enough time to come to a fair conclusion, maybe
Anjessello October 05, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Well, in these cases, someone always says, "It's not my fault!" Then whose fault is it? "It's the alcohols fault!" So you'd have to think of the alcohol actually commiting the crime. Then you'd have to think what is said next, "It was an accident!" Well, the acident was caused by the alcohol consumption, so if the curb wasn't there could it have ever happened? No, the curb is actually there to keep the street and sidewalk seperate, and everyone knows a liquid can't physically committ murder - so whose fault was it? It's not that fairness comes into play, it's how the courtroom functions, the proof and evidence, it's all there to prove someone guilty. If not, then it goes in the hands of a jury, to have someone who doesn't have bias against the case to decide on it; since the defendent thinks he's innocent till proven guilty. So it's not the jury's fault they had to decide on what's right or wrong ...
Steve October 06, 2011 at 07:20 AM
I have not read any statements from the accused stating that it was "not his fault" or in anyway spreading blame to the alcohol, curbs, or any other factors involved with this tragedy. In fact I know that the accused has taken full responsibility for his actions and is now living with that reality for the rest of his life (The better part of which will be behind bars). Anjessello, your comments seem both vague and at the same time presumptuous. Let's not forget that the reality of this situation is two lives have been lost, and while one may still be present, I don't think any among us would want to fill Mr. Walker's shoes right now.
Anjessello October 08, 2011 at 07:25 PM
Hey Steve, sorry about not thinking about both sides of the situation. I should have known to every story there are two sides. I just really thought it was an ineresting story. The contemplating on how trial goes and ends up is luring for me. That is a lot responsibility he took full blame for.

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