East Texas mother charged with killing babysitter

Photo courtesy Smith County
Photo courtesy Smith County
Cargill being arraigned in Smith Co Courthouse
Cargill being arraigned in Smith Co Courthouse

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
Posted by Janis Demarest - email

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Friday morning, Kimberly Cargill, 43, of Whitehouse, was charged with capital murder. Prosecutors say she killed Cherry Diane Walker.

Walker's body was discovered along a Smith County road in June.

At the time of Cargill's arrest, authorities suspected Cargill may have killed Walker to stop her from testifying in court. Cargill was originally arrested on a felony charge for Injury to a Child regarding her four year old son. Walker was the boy's babysitter.

"The indictment that will be presented to the Smith County Grand Jury will allege that Kim Cargill intentionally took the life of Cherry Walker in retaliation for Ms. Walker's status as a potential witness against Cargill," Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham said.

Cargill was indicted on Felony Injury to a Child charges for allegedly abusing her 4-year old son.  Her capital murder bond is set at one million dollars.

Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith and D.A. Matt Bingham have scheduled a press conference Friday morning inside the Smith County Courthouse. We will have an East Texas News crew there and will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

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