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The Ninth Judicial District’s first public defender died Wednesday after taking a dramatic turn for the worst with a serious infection.
Joe Walker, who was appointed Roane County’s first public defender almost 25 years ago, had the position ever since, including after a 1991 accident which left both him and his son Andrew without use of their limbs.
“He had an unwavering commitment to the public and to us, really,” said Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson, who worked for Walker since 1992.
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