CLEVELAND- She played the mourning widow at his funeral and called 911 after he was shot. Now, the wife of Cleveland Fire Lt. William Walker has been charged after investigators said she plotted his murder.
Uloma Walker-Curry, 44, is charged with aggravated murder. Cleveland police officers arrested her Tuesday afternoon. According to court documents obtained by FOX 8 News, in October and November of 2013, Walker-Curry contacted and hired several men to murder her husband.
Walker, 45, was ambushed and shot as he arrived at his Lampson Road home on Nov. 3, 2013. Walker-Curry made the first call to 911 and is heard hysterically, pleading for help. Days later, firefighters comforted her at Walker’s funeral at Cleveland Public Auditorium.
Walker-Curry is now in jail and set for arraignment Thursday.
Walker was well-respected on the job and widely regarded as a loving father. His murder remained a mystery for months.
Then, in August, prosecutors charged Chad Padgett, 21, with aggravated murder in connection with Walker’s death. Investigators said Padgett had been dating Walker-Curry’s daughter and sent text messages seeking the gun that was used in the murder. Padgett pleaded not guilty. Investigators said more arrests could come.
One of Walker-Curry’s three children, a daughter who asked to only be referred to by her first name, spoke with FOX 8 about the arrest. Jessica said she actually moved out of state years ago because of her rocky relationship with her mother.
She called her mom hurtful and a pathological liar, but said she never imagined she could also be a cold-hearted killer.
“I cannot, I cannot even think how this is possible,” Jessica said. “But I wouldn’t put it past her. I’m so disgusted. I’m hurt… The way she performed at the funeral... I feel really really bad.”
Jessica didn’t know her sisters boyfriend, who is also charged in the case, but met him at the funeral and described him as unemotional and detached. She isn’t sure if she will contact her mother in jail, and said right now her thoughts and prayers are with the Walker family.
“Because one thing I know is that he loved his kids, he loved his family," Jessica said. "He was really good guy.”
Those thoughts were echoed by the woman who lived next door to Walker. Frances Russell described him as a nice man, who worked two jobs to put his daughter through college.
“I want to know the reason, why would you just kill a person like that?” Russell said. She said she suspected it was an inside job and she’s praying for the family.
“We always thought it was personal,” she said. “It's hard to explain that you can see a person and know they have that much evil in their heart.”
Police wouldn’t comment on what led to Walker-Curry’s arrest. Firefighters and union officials declined comment, citing respect for Walker’s two surviving children.