La Crescenta school playground, was one of seven men being held on
burglary charges not related to the killings. A judge removed the bail
requirement for the seven suspects, who were then essentially placed
under house arrest at their parents' homes.
In hearing attorneys' arguments to allow their clients to be released
on their own recognizance, Judge Joseph DeVanon said he was most
concerned about Walker, 19.
"He is not a suspect in the [murder] investigation and the physical
evidence seems to have ruled him out," DeVanon said of Walker when
announcing his decision to allow the men to be removed from court
Each of the men pleaded not guilty to various charges of burglary,
attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. The men were
arrested by Burbank Police for alleged crimes in Burbank. They will
return to court Nov. 22 for pretrial hearings.
Walker and the other burglary suspects will be required to stay at
their parents' homes unless going to school, work or court. The men
cannot contact each other, DeVanon said.
The attorney defending Michael Demirdjian, who has been charged with
the July beating deaths of Christopher McCulloch and Blaine Talmo Jr.,
has alleged in a Glendale court that Walker committed the slayings.
"I am naming Adam Walker as the killer in this case," attorney Charles
Mathews said in court Oct. 5. Mathews reiterated his claim that his
client, 15-year-old Michael Demirdjian, witnessed the slayings of Talmo
and McCulloch but played no part in their deaths.
Walker's attorney, Steven Flanagan, declined comment outside court but
said during the proceeding that no information he has been given supports
claims made by Mathews, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
"Mr. Demirdjian is not telling the truth, based upon scientific
evidence," Flanagan told DeVanon, adding that DNA samples taken from
Walker do not link him to the slayings. Flanagan also said police dogs
picked up two scents at the crime scene in July -- one leading to
Demirdjian's home and the other to a car in the area.
"The dog failed to hit on his scent," Flanagan said of clothing seized
Glendale Police, who are still investigating the slayings, declined
comment about Flanagan's claims.
Walker's parents also declined comment about their son or any concerns
they may have about his safety following his release.