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Officer's killer is arrested again

Is facing drug charges, may be tied to mafia

By Brian R. Ballou
Globe Staff / February 4, 2009
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A Boston man convicted of manslaughter in 1980 for killing a Boston police detective was arrested early yesterday on drug charges stemming from an eight-month investigation of a Rhode Island-based organized crime operation, authorities said.

Terrell Walker, 53, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, but authorities say more charges might be filed against the man, whom they described as one of the enforcers of the criminal operation allegedly headed by Donald St. Germain of West Warwick, R.I.

"Terrell is revered in the criminal world and feared," said Lieutenant Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell of the State Police, which conducted the investigation with other Rhode Island authorities. "Everybody in that crime organization knew what he did. His purpose was to intimidate people to pay their debts, and he made sure the hierarchal structure was compen- sated."

Walker was sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison in 1980 after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of detective John D. Schroeder during an armed robbery at Suffolk Loan Co. in Roxbury in 1973. He had been convicted of first-degree murder, but after an appeal, the conviction was reversed. The case was then sent to a lower court, where he was convicted of man- slaughter.

Following his release, Walker was arrested again, in 1994 on armed robbery charges. He was sentenced in 1996 and released last year after serving his sentence.

O'Donnell said, "this latest arrest tells you that he's not rehabilitated. Crime is what he knows and his only friends are criminals. He didn't see the error of his ways the first time."

Walker's lawyer could not be reached yesterday.

The drug charges stem from telephone conversations in which Walker "conspired with two other subjects to arrange for the delivery of an amount of cocaine," according to Rhode Island authorities.

Walker was arrested at his home in the Boston area by Massachusetts State Police and will be arraigned as a fugitive from justice.

Walker was one of 30 individuals arrested during the earlymorning raid.

Last year, authorities focused their investigation on St. Germain after learning that he was allegedly involved in bookmaking, narcotics, and other organized crimes. Police said the operation was being financed by Adolf "George" Eunis, 67, an alleged associate of the New England Mafia.

Through court-authorized wiretaps, law enforcement officials expanded their investigation, eventually learning of Walker's involvement, O'Donnell said. St. Germain and Eunis, of South Kingstown, R.I., were also taken into custody yesterday.

Schroeder's brother, Walter, a Boston patrolman, was shot and killed in a holdup of a Brighton bank in 1970. Boston Police Headquarters is named One Schroeder Plaza in memory of the brothers.

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