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More charges filed against Peach County woman in killings of aunt, cousin

Investigators from the Peach County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI filed additional charges in their case against Lillian Walker during her first appearance hearing Monday.

Walker, 54, of Montezuma, was arrested Friday and charged initially with killing her aunt, Lillian Graves, 85, of Fort Valley, and Graves’ daughter, Agnes Stewart, 65, of Fort Valley.

The additional charges include two counts of robbery and one count of theft by taking, officials said.

The robbery counts include taking checks, cash, credit cards and prescription drugs from the two women, investigators said. Robbery is believed to be the motive for the killings. Walker was charged with stealing Graves’ Jeep Cherokee, which helped investigators break the case, GBI agent Craig Rotter said.

Walker told authorities she had borrowed the car, Rotter said. But “according to her other family members, the victims would have never allowed (Walker) to use it,” he said.

Though autopsy results hadn’t been released as of Monday afternoon, the cause of death for both women appears to be stabbing, investigators said.

According to reports, Walker visited Friday morning the Daniel Drive house where Graves and Stewart lived.

At some point, both women were stabbed, and Walker has been accused by authorities of rifling through their purses to steal various items.

Both victims were discovered by Stewart’s grandson, Devin Randall, who went to the house about 10:30 a.m. to take Graves to a dialysis appointment.

Walker was arrested late Friday evening after GBI investigators found holes in her statement to officials and were able to disprove her alibi, Rotter said.

Walker has a criminal history, including check forgery, officials said. They were continuing their investigation Monday into her background.

Graves was a retired nurse who had turned 85 a week earlier. Stewart was a retired Peach County High School teacher and a deacon at St. Peter AME Church in Fort Valley. She also had served as president of Fort Valley’s Habitat For Humanity chapter.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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