By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Suspended London Police Chief Stewart Walker will have to wait until May 7 for his next court appearance.
That’s according to a Madison County Family Court clerk, who said the attorneys “are gathering witnesses together.”
Walker was served with an emergency protective order (EPO) by the Kentucky State Police one week ago and was slated for his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
However, the court clerk said that appearance was continued for two weeks.
The EPO was requested by a former live-in girlfriend of Walker, who after ending the relationship with Walker relocated to Madison County. She lived with Walker from August 2012 through February 2013.
The EPO prohibits Walker from having contact with the woman and from coming within 500 feet of addresses in Berea, Richmond and Jellico, Tenn.
According to the narrative written by the woman, for most of the past year, Walker allegedly has “terrorized and stalked” her, including an incident when a KSP trooper found him in her driveway.
She further alleges Walker has been physically violent with her in the past, and she fears what he may do in the future.
Two weeks ago today she informed London Mayor Troy Rudder of the situation — and Rudder, in turn, ordered Walker to stay away from her, according to the narrative.
However, the woman alleges in her narrative that Walker stalked her that evening and again on another evening — and that led to her filing for an EPO April 18.
Walker is currently suspended with pay effective April 21, Rudder said. It isn’t known at this time how long the suspension will last.
During Walker’s suspension, Major Derrick House will lead the city’s police department.
Rudder said pending the outcome of the hearing, “there may be some other action” taken by the city concerning Walker.
Walker, who has served as police chief for about four years, began with the department as a patrolman in 1996, Rudder said. House has been with the department since 1995.
(The Richmond Register contributed to this story.)