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Walls given two 20-year sentences after guilty plea

Published 8:08pm Tuesday, April 1, 2014

An Alexander City man pleaded guilty to two counts of murder stemming from an April 2013 auto accident, which claimed the lives of Austin and Debra Gandy.

According to district attorney Jeremy Duerr, Richard Wesley Walls, 20, pleaded guilty Monday in a blind deal.

“He had already passed the deadline for accepting a deal, so he basically threw himself at the mercy of the court the morning of the trial,” Duerr said.

Walls was sentenced to 20 years for each count, with both sentences to be served concurrently.


Walls was first indicted for two counts of murder in February. According to the indictment, the grand jury found evidence that “in extreme indifference to human life” was the driver of the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and “(drove) his vehicle at a high rate of speed through a residential neighborhood and (failed) to stop at a stop sign.”

Walls’s 2002 BMW failed to stop at the intersection of Dobbs Road and Ala. Hwy. 63 North, which struck the Gandy’s car at a high rate of speed.

During Monday’s court appearance, Walls admitted his guilt and confirmed that he had driven under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, was driving at excessive speeds and had failed to stop at the aforementioned intersection.