TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jun 20, 2014

Longtime Ninth District Public Defender Joe Walker died Wednesday (June 18) at a West Knoxville hospital. He was 69. Walker was named public defender in September 1989 and was first elected to the position in August 1990. In May 1991, he and his son were involved in a car wreck that left them both quadriplegics. The accident did not stop him from doing his job, Assistant Ninth Judicial District Public Defender Walter Johnson told Knoxnews. Funeral services are pending.