• Appeal denied for man convicted of 2005 Mass. Avenue murder


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A court upheld the first-degree murder conviction of the man who killed 65-year-old Galina Kotik inside her Massachusetts Avenue apartment on Nov. 4, 2005.

    According to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, 50-year-old Steve Walker, who was convicted of Kotik's murder in 2007, lost his appeal in which he claimed he did not act willfully and voluntarily when he waived his Miranda rights and made statements to Boston Police homicide detectives on Nov. 6, 2005. In his appeal, he also claimed his hunger and exhaustion overcame his free will.

    The justices rejected that claim saying detectives offered Walker water and provided snacks while he in custody.

    A jury rendered their 2007 guilty verdict after evidence in a six-day trial proved he acted with extreme cruelty when he stabbed the retired physician to death in the Massachusetts Avenue apartment to which she had recently moved.

    During the trial, Walker never denied he killed Kotik. Instead, he claimed that he was not criminally responsible due to an underlying mental health condition.

    Walker stabbed Kotik in the neck inside her apartment, which was upstairs from the apartment of a female friend of Walker. He had spent the previous day inside the building smoking crack cocaine and drinking alcohol.

    Walker managed to escape the apartment following a brief physical struggle with the building's manager, but later turned himself in to police with blood still on his hands and clothing.

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