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Bail denied after man skips jury verdict

A Germain Street man told Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on Wednesday that he failed to show up for the Feb. 5 jury verdict in his conviction before another judge because he "knew it would be bad" and he had to see to his daughter.

With that, Dexter T. Walker, 27, was ordered to remain jailed without bail until County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka sentences him in the theft of $100 from a Toronto kindergarten teacher in an airport hotel.

Prosecutor Lauren Nash, who obtained the Feb. 5 guilty verdict, said Walker -- who already was facing a Buffalo City Court appearance over a January drug arrest -- was charged with using a false name and having marijuana when police arrested him Friday on the bench warrant.

Walker, who forfeited a $12,000 bail bond for not showing up during the jury deliberation, was found guilty as charged on grand larceny and marijuana possession counts for the July 28, 2007, crime. The jury deliberated about an hour.

Nash said Walker was arrested in the Best Western Hotel, 4630 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, shortly after the theft at 6:30 p.m. The victim, 25, mistakenly left the wallet on the front counter after checking in. The wallet was recovered, minus the $100, in the lot of a nearby restaurant.

Walker, who had checked into the hotel for the night with a female acquaintance, was arrested shortly after the wallet was recovered. The victim's money was found in his pocket, Nash said.

He faces a minimum two years in prison for the theft.

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