On July 8, a Plano couple looking at a model home in D.R. Horton's Craig Ranch development discovered Ms. Walker's body in the kitchen. Investigators said many of the 27 stab wounds were defensive, indicating the real estate professional put up a fight in her final moments.(Sources: DNA matches suspect's, by Tiara M. Ellis. The Dallas Morning News, September 7 2006)
Witness statements and a sketch link Chanthakoummane, a Laotian immigrant, to the crime — as does DNA matching.
Chanthakoummane was released recently after serving 7 years out of his 11 year sentence for two counts each of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping of two elderly women in North Carolina. His attorney at that time said of him: "he seemed to be a very hardened young man to be only 16."
See also Hardened murders, imported.