FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --The criminal who inspired the controversial three strikes law two decades ago may actually spend the rest of his life in prison after being held to answer Thursday on six new felonies. Douglas Walker will stand trial for corporal injury and intimidating a witness despite the fact the alleged victim has since died.
Walker doesn't have to worry about his girlfriend, Karrie Alvarado, testifying against him anymore since she's no longer alive. But the witness who she ran to for help one night in 2014, described the desperate banging on the door around midnight.
"I go to answer the door and there's a woman standing there, completely panicked, scared, crying, has a bruise on her face, bloody nose," said Rain Chamberlain, witness.
The officer who was first to respond to the scene also described the victim's fresh black eye, and her identifying the suspect as her on again, off again boyfriend Douggie.
"She said that he had asked her where she hid his knife. When she told him, she didn't know what he was talking about, he stood up and hit her with a closed fist and knocked her to the ground," said Ron Pack, Fresno Police Officer.
But the most compelling testimony Thursday came from four recordings taken from the 2,500 calls Walker made from the Fresno County Jail. Despite knowing the calls were recorded, Walker repeatedly tells his girlfriend to not accept a subpoena, or cooperate with the DA among other things. He also shared a plan his cellmate helped concoct.
Based on the current felony counts, Walker could easily spend the rest of his days locked up.
Outside court Thursday, Walker's attorney still insisted his client is not a violent man, even though he had two previous strikes for robbery and attempted robbery in 1992. He was also the inspiration behind the three strikes law after Kimber Reynolds was gunned down in the Tower District during a purse snatching.