Two suspects arrested for the murder of an Abilene Police Officer Don Allen have been linked to the crime by property taken from the officer's residence.
According to Abilene Police Department Chief Stan Standridge, who held a press conference Thursday evening at 8:45 p.m., The Texas Rangers and APD arrested suspects Violetta Walter, 30, and Phillip Walter, 29, at a south side apartment complex in the 1000 block of S. Clack St. in Abilene at just after 6 p.m. on Sept. 3. Both suspects, arrested on warrants obtained by the Texas Rangers, have been charged with first-degree murder, punishable by five to 99 years in prison. The bond is set at $500,000 apiece.
The investigation is still underway and evidence is being processed, Chief Standridge said.
"I still cannot discuss specifics of the investigation, but we were able to link the suspects to property taken from Don Allen’s residence," the chief said. "Additionally, physical evidence recovered at the scene has linked the suspects to the crime. While I cannot discuss the specifics, we are confident that we have taken the correct people into custody. We do not believe there are any other suspects."
Chief Standridge was with the family of Officer Allen when the arrests were made and notified them of the developments.
"All investigators have worked tirelessly on this investigation," he said. "I am grateful to all of them, and especially to the Texas Rangers. They would be standing here with me if they were not still neck deep in the investigation. I also extend my sincere thanks to the Clyde Police Department, FBI and ATF. They have walked with us through this terrible ordeal."
Don Allen will be buried this morning at 10 a.m. at Beltway in the main sanctuary. Graveside services will immediately follow at Clyde Cemetery.